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HIMA200 - Legal Aspects of Health Information Management

Course Details

Course Code: HIMA200 Course ID: 4899 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course focuses on the legal system and procedures, ethics, control and use of patient-specific health information. Student will analyze the major external forces affecting the HIM professional’s ability and responsibility to manage patient-specific health information. In addition it also addresses specialty matters such as healthcare fraud and abuse in health information management (HIM). Students will examine the impact that e-mail, digital imaging, telemedicine, and the Internet are having on health records, and analyze laws, regulations and standards related to patient confidentiality and privacy.(Prerequisite: HIMA110)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
1. Analyze the major external forces affecting the HIM professional’s ability and responsibility to manage patient-specific health information.
2. Describe privacy, confidentiality, and security principles, policies, and procedures
3. Compare and contrast negligence and medical malpractice.
4. Evaluate health information laws, regulations, and standards (such as HIPAA, e-health, JC, state laws).
5. Explain professional and practice-related ethical issues in health information management.
6. Examine fraud and abuse concerns in the health professions and the HIM professional’s responsibility to manage effective compliance programs.

Please join the forums each week. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of each week will not be graded. The Forums are for student interaction and input should be submitted before the week ends in order to fully participate in the discussions. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the forums and avoid copying and pasting from websites.

• Post the initial response to each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Wednesday.
• Initial responses should be no less than 300 words and contains two references.
Initial responses are to be original in content and demonstrate a thorough analysis of the topic.
• Reply to at least 2 of your classmates in each forum by 11:55pm, ET, Sunday.
• Replies to classmates should be no less than 200 words.
• Responses to classmates are significant to advance the forum.
• All forums can be accessed in the Forums section of the course.

Grading Rubric

Homework (End-of-Chapter Reviews)

Each week you will complete end-of-chapter reviews that challenge you to further explore key topics related to the course objectives. Detailed instructions and submission guidelines for these activities are found within the Assignments area of the course. Your work will be evaluated using a standard grading rubric.

End-of-Chapter Reviews Grading Rubric

EHR Assignments

During Weeks 3 and 6 you will complete assignments that require use of the NeehrPerfect Practice EHR Software program. Details and submission guidelines for each of these can be found within the Assignments area of the course.

Required Course Textbook:

McWay, D. (2010). Legal and ethical aspects of health information management (3rd ed.).
Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Cengage Learning.
Required Textbook for the degree program:
Candidates are expected to adhere to APA style throughout the program. The Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Currently 6th ed.) should be purchased and used in all courses.

Web Sites

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

AHIMA Home - American Health Information Management Association. (n.d.). Retrieved
December 2, 2014, from

HIMSS - Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. (n.d.). Retrieved December
2, 2014, from

Book Title:Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Information Management, 4th ed - the VitalSource e-book is provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:VS-Cengage
Unit Cost:$142.43
Electronic ISBN:9781305848610
Electronic Unit Cost:$35.00
Book Title:EHR Go (aka Neehr Perfect) - Program Key & purchase instructions provided inside the classroom. Students will need access for the entire program. This material is not covered by the APUS Book Grant.
Author:No Author Specified
Electronic Unit Cost:$285.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.