Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: POFM-1302- Section: 71
Medical Software Applications
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Instructor Information
Instructor Tonya Harbert
Phone(409) 984-6501
Location:Umphrey Industrial Technology Center - Room: 201H
Hours:Tues & Wed 10:00am - 1:30pm; Thurs 10:00am - 1:00pm
Business and Industrial Technology
Chair:Sheila Guillot
Phone:(409) 984-6381

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Course Information
Description Medical software applications for the management and operation of healthcare information systems
Prerequisites None.
Learning Outcomes SLO 1: Students will use medical terminology, jargon, and abbreviations correctly
SLO 2: Students will demonstrate appropriate etiquette, ethics, and professionalism in the healthcare setting.
SLO 3: Students will use knowledge of specialized medical computer applications and office skills.
SLO 4: Students will apply current trends in medical insurance; analyzes and understands HIPAA guidelines and coding systems.
Core Objectives
Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
PSLO 1: Uses medical terminology, jargon, and abbreviations correctly.
PSLO 2: Demonstrates appropriate etiquette, ethics, and professionalism in the healthcare setting.
PSLO 3: Use knowledge of specialized medical computer applications and office skills.
PSLO 4: Applies current trends in medical insurance; analyzes and understands HIPAA guidelines and coding systems.
Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

MindTap MOSS 3.0 | 1st Edition through Cengage

Best if purchased using Cengage Unlimited.
You can purchase through the bookstore OR use this link:
(at least 2 terms or 1 yr access recommended)
Lecture Topics
Module 1: Introduction to Practice Management (PM) and Electronic Medical Records (EMRs)
Module 2: Patient Registration and Data Entry
Module 3: Scheduling, Rescheduling, and Canceling Patient Appointments
Module 4: Preparing for Patient Appointments
Module 5: Checking in Patients and Performing Insurance Eligibility
Module 6: Posting Insurance Co-Payments
Module 7: Documenting Clinical Encounters
Module 8: Managing Provider Orders and Patient Communication
Module 9: Working with Prescriptions and eRx
Module 10: Preparing Electronic Encounter Forms for Billing
Module 11: Medical Billing
Module 12: Patient Collections
Major Assignments
Week 1    Aug 24 - 28 Orientation; Review Syllabus; Video & Syllabus Quiz; Set-up & Navigate through Moss 3.0 through Cengage Unlimited; Module 1: 1.1; 1.2
Week 2    Aug 31 - Sept 4 Module 2: 2.1 - 2.6; Assessments due; Introduction Unit Test due 09/02
Week 3    Sept 7 - 11 Module 3: 3.1 - 3.4; Assessments due; Sept 7: Labor Day HolidayŚno classes, offices closed;
Week 4    Sept 14 - 18 Module 3: 3.5 - 3.12; Assessments due
Week 5    Sept 21 - 25 Module 4: 4.1 - 4.5; Assessments due
Week 6    Sept 28 - Oct 2 Module 5: 5.1- 5.10; Assessments due
Week 7    Oct 5 - 9 Module 6: 6.1 - 6.5; Assessments due
Week 8    Oct 12 - 16 Module 7: 7.1 - 7.11; Assessments due; Administration Unit Test & Simulation due 10/14
Week 9    Oct 19 - 23 Module 8: 8.1 - 8.11; Assessments due
Week 10    Oct 26 - 30 Module 9: 9.1 - 9.6; Assessments due
Week 11    Nov 2 - 6 Module 10: 10.1 - 10.10; Assessments due
Week 12    Nov 9 - 11 Module 11: 11.1 - 11.5; Assessments due; Clinical Unit Test & Simulation due 11/11
Week 13    Nov 16 - 20 Module 11: 11.6 - 11.18; Assessments due
Week 14    Nov 23 - 27 Module 12: 12.1 - 12.5; Assessments due; Nov 27: Thanksgiving;
Week 15    Nov 30 - Dec 2 Dec 2: Last Class Day; ; Assessments due; Billing Unit Test & Simulation due 12/02

Final Exam Date December 3, 2020 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 4, 2020 - 11:59 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Assessments/Assignments 40%
Unit Test 40%
Capstones 10%
Final 10%

* Unlimited attempts on practice exercises (does not impact course average).
* Two attempt per Assessment (Highest score used in course average).
* One attempt per Unit test.
* Two attempts per Capstone.
* One attempt on the Final.

* Practice exercises, readings, flashcards, etc are students learning tools only and does not impact course averages. Students can access these as many times for practice.


* Students should keep a record of their grades/average. Instructor(s) will not average grades for students. The instructor will not drop grades.
*Instructor will copy grades weekly from the Cengage platform to the Blackboard platform.

* Each module focuses on specific learning outcomes. However, some activities in the course may be used to enhance learning and may not be graded. Student learning will be assessed with assignments, quizzes, discussions, exams, etc. throughout the course.

* It is the students responsibility to keep track of due dates posted for course work. Check weekly.

* Instructions and grading information will be posted on the course site for each assignment.

* Instructor will not drop grades.


* Late assignments are accepted for 2 days after the due date with -30 point deduction.

* After the second day, assignments will receive a grade of zero (0).


* NO MAKE-UP QUIZZES. Quizzes will be give weekly for each chapter. If a student misses a quiz, the grade is recorded as a zero (0). After quizzes are closed, you cannot make-up a quiz.


* NO MAKE-UP EXAMS. If a student should miss an exam, at the end of the semester, the instructor will average all exam grades [including the zero(s)] to replace the zero for the missed exam. (The final exam will not be calculated in this average.)
EXAMPLE: 4 test grades: 100, 100, 0, 80 = 280; 280/4= 70; 70 will go in the place of the zero.; Test grades are now 100, 100, 70,80

* THE FINAL EXAM ACCOUNTS FOR 10% OF THE COURSE AVERAGE. The FINAL EXAM will be comprehensive. ALL STUDENTS MUST TAKE THE FINAL EXAM on the scheduled date and time, and failure to do so will result in a zero on the final exam.

* Academic dishonesty will result in a zero on any academic work or exam in question; a second incidence of academic dishonesty on any academic work or exam in question will result in the student being given an "F" for the course.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies * Assignments and due dates are posted weekly in your course. Check your calendar, announcements, email, To-Do List, etc. multiple times throughout the week.

* Students are responsible for being prepared for class. The student is responsible for completing all assigned work, including reading assignments, by required due dates.

* STUDENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR COMPLETING ALL ASSIGNED READING. Read over chapters PRIOR to class even if reading was not assigned.

* STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO FOLLOW WRITTEN and/or ORAL INSTRUCTIONS. It is important to follow all directions. A failure to follow written and/or oral instructions will result in penalties.

The system will kick the student off at the cut off time and grade the assignment, quiz, or exam as it is.


* We cannot control weather conditions, power outages, etc. Students should complete work as soon as possible so due dates are not missed. DO NOT WAIT TO COMPLETE ASSIGNMENTS.

* PLEASE.... Do NOT wait until the last weeks of class to discuss your grades with your instructor. If you are having issues with the class, the material covered, or have any other issues, please contact the instructor as soon as possible.

* If you would like to discuss your grades, contact the instructor to meet in person or virtually. (Instructor will speak to the student only.)
Attendance Policy * This instructor is required to keep attendance. Instructor will monitor course activity weekly. Students are required to be active in the course. Students not active within the course will receive an academic penalty. Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success.

* Class participation is required. It is important to be active within the course.

* Students are expected to check e-mail and announcements a minimum of three times per week.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus E-mail and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal (My.LamarPA.edu). When you've logged in, click the email icon in the upper right-hand corner to check email, or click on the "My Courses" tab to get to your Course Homepage. Click the link to your course and review the information presented. It is important that you check your email and Course Homepage regularly. You can also access your grades, transcripts, and determine who your academic advisor is by using MyLSCPA.
Several methods of presentation may be used in class and may include any of the following:
Lecture (through PowerPoint slides, interactive notes, video, or audio sources)
Computer Assisted Learning (publisher websites)
Lab Exercises


The student is required to have all required software, e-books, key codes, etc. needed for class to complete required readings, work, etc.
Reliable Internet access is required for all online courses. You may use the open lab provided in the Gates Memorial Library.

* If a student decides to withdraw, he or she should also verify that the withdrawal is submitted before the final withdrawal date.
* It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that his or her name is removed from the roll should he or she decide to withdraw from the class.
* The student is also strongly encouraged to retain their copy of the withdrawal form for their records.
* The student is required to turn in any equipment or items that belong to the department. Failure to do so may compromise their standing with LSCPA.
* State law permits students to withdraw from no more than six courses during their entire undergraduate career at Texas public colleges or universities. With certain exceptions, all course withdrawals automatically count towards this limit. Details regarding this policy can be found in the LSCPA college catalog.

E-Mail/Voice Mail Etiquette:
* Students must use appropriate e-mail etiquette when corresponding with instructor; for example, complete sentences and a full subject line with your name/course name.
* Voice mail messages should be clearly spoken identifying student's name, course, and any return phone number.

*Exceptions and/or changes may be made to information in this syllabus at the instructors discretion.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.