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EMR program curriculum

The EMR program curriculum is designed in partnership with experienced educators and health information experts. That means your training will be highly relevant to your career, helping you unlock new professional opportunities. You’ll learn to work with data, starting at information entry and working toward records management to regulatory compliance.

Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Certificate Program

Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Allied Health Careers  

Introduction to the basic operations of allied health careers and the legal and ethical issues students may encounter while working in the many different venues available for these fields.

Lesson Group 2: Electronic Medical Records

EMR Applications and Equipment  

History and benefits of EMRs; EMR workflows; entering and retrieving patient information; performing clinical and administrative tasks; integrated devices; clinical vocabularies.

EMR Practice Management  

History of practice management systems; streamlining patient flow; using EMR templates; training and support for EMRs; using, editing, and updating databases for insurance, codes, and demographics.

EMR Insurance and Billing  

Entering coding, billing, diagnosis, and procedure information into an EMR; translating diagnoses and procedures into numeric and alphanumeric codes; generating reports; posting payments; using superbills.

EMR Charting  

Ensuring EMR completeness and accuracy; entering live data into an EMR; assisting with charting functions; identifying information errors; the importance of audits; the effect of charting on reimbursement.

EMR Regulatory Compliance  

Professional standards for EMRs; HIPAA privacy and security; forms of protected health information; detecting threats to EMRs; guidelines for releasing information; abbreviations used in EMRs; catastrophe plans; reviewing financial reports.

Program Description

Students learn about the importance and functionality of electronic medical records and receive hands-on training with two cloud-based EMR systems. Topics include adding, editing, storing, and retrieving patient information; using provider databases to facilitate continuity of care; generating coding and billing reports; assisting providers and clinicians with charting functions; and identifying information errors. Special emphasis is placed on professional standards for EMRs, HIPAA privacy and security, and guidelines for release of information.

Program Objectives

After completing the Electronic Medical Records program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the typical electronic health record (EHR) system, summarize the categories of data maintained on this type of system, and outline standard processes involved with entering, storing, manipulating, and retrieving patient information.
  2. Summarize the portions of the HIPAA Privacy Rule dealing with protected health information (PHI), confidentiality, and disclosure, and describe the circumstances under which information may be released without patient consent.
  3. Navigate cloud-based EMR software systems and use them to enter new patient information, encounter notes, physician information, insurance claims, and charting information.

Pursue your professional goals

Our EMR program syllabus empowers you to gain the skills to succeed. But that’s not where our career focus ends. As an Ashworth College student, you will have unlimited access to our full range of Career Tools, which includes one-on-one sessions with our knowledgeable advisors.

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Advance your career in our online API Program Name program. Call 1-800-957-5412