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Libman Education Announces New Online, Self-Paced ICD-10-PCS Course for HIM Professionals

Foundational Course Introduces Structure and Design of ICD-10-PCS System

BEDFORD MASSACHUSETTS – MAY 15, 2013 – Libman Education’s line of online medical coding courses continues to grow, with the company announcing the release of a new foundational ICD-10-readiness course, Introduction to ICD-10-PCS.

Libman Education’s Introduction to ICD-10-PCS was developed in partnership with Lynn Kuehn, a recognized leader in ICD-10-PCS education. Lynn’s textbook for the online course, ICD-10-PCS: An Applied Approach, is published by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

In Introduction to ICD-10-PCS, students learn about the ICD-10-PCS system’s structure and design, and about the content of the coding guidelines. The course also covers assigning codes within ICD-10-PCS’s medical and surgical section – with complete education on the 31 root operations used in the coding process.

Online and self-paced, Introduction to ICD-10-PCS enables HIM professionals to work around their busy schedules and to finish the course in time for the ICD-10 deadline.

“This course is highly recommended to all medical coders,” said Lynn Kuehn, president of Kuehn Consulting and author of both the course and the course’s textbook. “With ICD-10 about to become the standard coding procedure, coders need foundational ICD-10 training. Introduction to ICD-10-PCS provides this. This course was organized to train coders in ICD-10-PCS in an efficient and timely manner.”

As the first in a series of Libman Education courses on ICD-10-PCS, the course is foundational and prepares medical coders for the remaining courses: The Medical and Surgical-related and Ancillary Sections of PCS and PCS Coding by Body System.

Students who complete Introduction to ICD-10-PCS are able to identify the ICD-10-PCS code format, system structure, and design; demonstrate the code building process through the index and tables; apply Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting of ICD-10-PCS codes; and, given a case scenario, select the necessary statements to code and apply Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting to support an accurate code assignment.

For more information about Introduction to ICD-10-PCS, visit http://www.libmaneducation.com/introduction-to-icd-10-pcs/

ABOUT THE COURSE’S AUTHOR
Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIM, is president of Kuehn Consulting, LLC, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, a consulting firm specializing in coding for all settings and physician practice management issues. She has served on the AHIMA Board of Directors, and has authored several of AHIMA’s popular books, including ICD-10-PCS: An Applied Approach, Procedural Coding and Reimbursement for Physician Services, and CCS-P Exam Preparation. Lynn earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Viterbo University and her Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from Cardinal Stritch University.

ABOUT LIBMAN EDUCATION
Libman Education Inc. is a leading provider of training for the health care workforce. We offer self-paced online courses designed and developed by leading industry experts in Health Information Management (HIM) and Medical Record Coding. Our courseware is used by individuals as well as health care providers and institutions, public and private workforce development training programs and professional and volunteer associations interested in educating their employees, their students, and their members. At Libman Education, we offer the right-mix of online education to ensure that the health care workforce is prepared to meet the challenges of the changing health care workplace.
www.libmaneducation.com

June 5, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

VitalHealth Software to Participate in Health Story Demonstration at HIMSS 2013 Interoperability Showcase

VitalHealth Software to Showcase Cloud-based EHR Designed with Mayo Clinic in Collaborative Demo

Minneapolis, MN — February 19, 2013 —VitalHealth Software, a leading global provider of web-based solutions for health management founded by the Mayo Clinic and Noaber Foundation, today announced that the company will participate in a Health Story demonstration at the 2013 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition from March 3 -7, in New Orleans. VitalHealth will demo the latest version of its cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) solution as a participant in The HIMSS Interoperability Showcase™ (La Nouvelle Ballroom, Level 2). The VitalHealth EHR will serve as the interoperability and data sharing demonstration’s primary care EHR system. Designed in collaboration with Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation (CFI), the VitalHealth EHR is purpose-built to be easy to use, compatible with handheld devices such as tablets, and adaptable to the varied work styles of small practices. Delivered on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, VitalHealth EHR supports the latest interoperability standards. The EHR is certified for Meaningful Use and meets or exceeds HIPAA privacy and security requirements.

Approximately 1.2 billion clinical documents are produced in the United States each year, however this tremendous source of information is underutilized in current computer-based record systems. The Health Story Project will bring together several health IT vendors at HIMSS 2013 to demonstrate HL7 Consolidated CDA (Clinical Document Architecture) based interoperability, allowing attendees to follow the path of a patient across several points of care.

“Interoperability is crucial for achieving better outcomes and more affordable care, because it helps remove hazardous ambiguity, incompleteness and waste from the medical record. We have long been supporters of IHE and the Health Story Project, so we’re pleased to have been selected to participate this year,” said Blair Butterfield, President, North America, VitalHealth Software. “Our recent success at the North American Connectathon, where we passed all planned tests for exchanging C-CDA documents, was a key milestone to ensuring the demonstration at HIMSS will show the power of interoperability to enhance quality healthcare delivery.”

VitalHealth Software was founded to develop a game changing, cloud-based eHealth application platform, with an emphasis on solutions for managing chronic diseases such as diabetes, COPD, CHF, depression, cancer and Alzheimer’s. The company also has market-leading solutions for ACO, managing online interventions and outcome monitoring for behavioral health. VitalHealth’s primary goal is having a positive impact on the health of 10 million people in five years while at the same time becoming a market leader.

In the Health Story demonstration, which features six leading vendors, the VitalHealth EHR will first receive an unstructured CDA document containing scanned imaging data. After review and diagnosis, the primary care physician will then refer the patient to an oncologist, by generating a referral note and electronically transmitting a Continuity of Care Document (CCD) to the oncologist. The process will streamline and improve the accuracy and responsiveness of existing paper-based processes, demonstrating how interoperable health IT systems can lead to faster, cheaper, and better care delivery.

To learn about tailoring the VitalHealth EHR platform to meet the needs of medical specialties, please contact Arjen Westerink at awesterink@vitalhealthsoftware.com.

To schedule a meeting with VitalHealth Software at HIMSS, please contact Jessica Cohen at jcohen@ariamarketing.com.

About Health Story

The Health Story Project was founded four years ago by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the Clinical Documentation Industry Association, Lantana Consulting Group, and M*Modal. It is now a collaborative of over two dozen healthcare vendors, providers and associations. Health Story accelerates development of HL7 Clinical Document Architecture (CDA) Implementation Guides for common types of clinical documents, brings them through the HL7 ballot process and promotes their adoption within the industry. Over the previous four years, the initiative produced the first set of national data standards for clinical documents-use of which supports requirements for Meaningful Use of EHR systems. Health Story Promoter members include Fujitsu, Inofile, Lantana Consulting Group, M*Modal, Nuance, Optum and Verizon. The Health Story vision is for complete patient stories to be available in electronic medical records.

About VitalHealth Software 

VitalHealth Software was founded as collaboration between the Noaber Foundation (NL) and Mayo Clinic (US), and delivers web-based software solutions for health management.  Our model-driven software platform is used by a growing network of partners.  VitalHealth Software has offices in the U.S., Netherlands and India. For more information about VitalHealth Software, please visit www.vitalhealthsoftware.com.  For more information about VitalHealth EHR, please visit www.vitalhealthehr.com, or contact us via email at info@vitalhealthsoftware.com.

February 22, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

EDCO Unveils Solarity® Software at 2012 AHIMA Convention

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – EDCO® Health Information Solutions, a national leader in the management of health information, announced the launch of Solarity® software at the American Health Information Management Association convention in Chicago, Ill. today.  Solarity, advanced document recognition software for scanning and indexing medical records, has been used by EDCO internally since 2008.  Now, the proven power of Solarity is available to hospitals and clinics throughout North America as web-based software.

The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) propelled the healthcare industry into rapid change toward the implementation of electronic health records (EHR).   However, as the industry strives to create a complete electronic patient chart, paper is still a component of the patient record even after the implementation of a leading EHR system.

“As hospitals become more electronic, the paper that remains is more problematic and time consuming to capture electronically.  Finding the right tools to automate this process is critical to creating a complete electronic patient record,” said Rose Devadas, Vice President of Advanced Solutions at EDCO. “Solarity bridges the gap between the paper record and the fully electronic record required for exemplary patient care, the exchange of health information, and expedited downstream billing processes.”

The path to a completely electronic record has many steps and requires the optimization of the entire health record environment.  Solarity software and its defined processes enable the fast, accurate scanning and indexing of paper documents into the electronic chart using a proprietary content recognition engine, document review module, and flexible workflow.  This often overlooked step effects multiple additional processes such as coding and billing in the electronic environment.

Customers utilizing Solarity can easily index and integrate scanned images from the floors, clinics, and the health information management department into the healthcare facility’s existing electronic document management system without the use of bar codes for document recognition.

“Creating Solarity has enabled us to dramatically increase our internal indexing productivity.  We are excited to share this technology with the marketplace so that our customers will be able to realize the same gains in efficiency,” says Chez Tschetter, Chief Information Officer at EDCO.

More information about Solarity can be found online at www.solaritysoftware.com.

About EDCO Health Information Solutions

For more than 50 years, EDCO has assisted healthcare facilities in the digitization of medical records.  Today, EDCO provides software and services to hospitals and clinics throughout North America that enhance electronic health record initiatives.

October 29, 2012 I Written By

AHIMA Calls For Improved Health Information Governance to Unify Standards for EHR Use

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is calling for improved and unified health information governance to standardize electronic health record use to ensure the technology fulfills its promise of guiding better patient care.

Association to Convene National Summit on Health Integrity

CHICAGO – Oct. 1, 2012 – The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is calling for improved and unified Health Information Governance to standardize Electronic Health Record (EHR) use to ensure the technology fulfills its promise of guiding better, more efficient patient care.

AHIMA is ready to work with healthcare industry providers, health plans, quality organizations and vendors as well as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish standards so that healthcare providers have clear principles to guide their patient documentation.

Aspects of Health Information Governance will be addressed throughout AHIMA’s 84th annual Convention and Exhibit which begins today in Chicago. Additionally, AHIMA will bring together industry leaders to discuss data integrity at its Health Information Integrity Summit: The Quest for Safe, Usable, Quality Data in EHRs, Nov. 8-9, in Chicago. This spotlight on EHRs provides an opportunity for experts and those working in the field to discuss the latest insights and developments into an issue that affects every aspect of the healthcare system.

“Unified data governance principles will help promote accuracy and consistency and reduce ambiguity,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA. “AHIMA stands ready to work with HHS, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other groups to establish the guidelines that will accurately and fairly represent performance and outcomes of care. Data governance and data integrity have been and will be a critical part of AHIMA’s strategic plan, and we will continue to lead the discussions and the solutions developed in this field.”

AHIMA has demonstrated consistent leadership in assuring that health information used for all purposes is accurate, complete and trustworthy. AHIMA developed a Code of Ethics and Standards of Ethical Coding, which established ethical expectations for health information management (HIM) and coding professionals.  AHIMA’s HIM Principles of Individual, Integrity, and Protection – addressing health information has also served as the basis of the Association’s work in clinical and administrative transaction and vocabulary standards.

For decades, AHIMA has led the call for uniform interoperable data and information including guidelines for coding standards.  Since 2003, AHIMA has also urged CMS to adopt a national set of coding guidelines for hospital reporting of emergency department and clinic visits.

Recent concerns that EHR implementation could lead to fraud further highlights the need to establish these standards. These standards will address data integrity, patient safety, quality measurement as well as traditional concerns regarding billing fraud.

In 2005, the AHIMA Foundation led the initiative to develop a report for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) that provided recommendations on what the industry must do to prevent potential abuses in EHR documentation.

“We urge the government to truly investigate the depth of the recently reported problems so we can determine the scope of the issue and take steps to fix it,” said Thomas Gordon. “We will continue to ask our members to share the experiences they have with us so we can develop possible solutions.”

AHIMA will analyze the latest feedback from its members as well as the findings from the AHIMA summit and expects to provide additional recommendations in early 2013.

About AHIMA

Representing more than 64,000 specially educated Health Information Management professionals in the United States and around the world, the American Health Information Management Association is committed to promoting and advocating for high quality research, best practices and effective standards in health information and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA’s enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information. www.ahima.org

October 5, 2012 I Written By

Online Tool Offers Critical Pathway for Providers to Meet ICD-10 Deadline – #HIMSS12

HIMSS and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) introduce ICD-10 Critical Pathway for Getting Started—2012 and Beyond
                                                                                                       

CHICAGO (February 20, 2012) -HIMSS and AHIMA  introduce the ICD-10 Critical Pathway for Getting Started – 2012 and Beyond.  This free, online tool appears in the HIMSS ICD-10 PlayBook and targets providers, small or large, ambulatory clinic or acute care hospital, that have not yet begun ICD-10 planning and implementation. The timeline will be part of the presentation at the 2012 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibtion’s ICD-10 Symposium, and also, at the AHIMA ICD-10-CM/PCS Summit in April, 2012.

Developed jointly, the timeline details steps healthcare providers must follow in the next 20 months (February 2012- October 2013) to meet the ICD-10 compliance deadline of October 1, 2013.  The two organizations have developed these steps to help providers reach the compliance date by following the steps in the critical path tool.

Tasks to follow appear in eight different phases:

•Internal impact assessment

•External impact assessment

•Education

•Baseline Budget Formulation

•Business Process Changes

•Internal Testing & Validation

•External Testing & Validation

•Follow-up and Evaluation
The timelines present each phase with guidance that includes an explanation of the phase, deadlines to comply, and the impact on people, business processes, and technology.

“HIMSS supports maintaining the October 1, 2013 schedule for most healthcare entities,” says HIMSS Executive Vice President Carla Smith, MA, CNM, FHIMSS.  “This new tool gives those providers that have not yet started their work a simple picture of the broad steps that need to be accomplished, deadlines to accomplish them, and some idea of the work and impacts.”

“Moving forward with ICD-10 is essential to the healthcare industry. ICD-10 data will allow us to gather patient health information that will give physicians and the healthcare industry improved measures for quality care,” said Lynne Thomas Gordon, AHIMA Chief Execuitive Officer, MBA, RHIA, FACHE. “Although a delay to ICD-10 has been proposed to by the Department of Health and  Health and Human Services, our goal is to remain vigilant in our preparation and make the pathway to ICD-10 a smooth journey for all providers”

The timeline was discussed at the ICD-10 Symposium at HIMSS12 on Monday, Feb. 20, in Las Vegas, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. At this day-long event,  critical topics covered included: consensus building, testing and implementation strategies, documentation improvement, and training and administrative simplificationing. strategies, documentation improvement, and training and administrative simplification.

For more information on ICD-10 compliance, view the HIMSS ICD-10 PlayBook, an online, collaborative tool designed to assist hospitals, ambulatory centers and practitioners in converting from ICD-9 to the ICD-10 code set. It offers offers comprehensive, reliable and time-based content, contributed by industry experts, for healthcare stakeholders. Read the HIMSS G7 report onICD-10 Transformation: Five Critical Risk-Mitigation Strategies.

About AHIMA

Representing more than 64,000 specially educated Health Information Management professionals in the United States and around the world, the American Health Information Management Association is committed to promoting and advocating for high quality research, best practices and effective standards in health information and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA’s enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information. www.ahima.org

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 51 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents more than 44,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 570 corporate members and more than 170 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.

February 21, 2012 I Written By

TrustHCS to Partner with Cerner on ICD-10 Education for Clients and Associates

Collaboration Designed to Smooth Transition to ICD-10, Provide Coding Audits and Supply Credentialed, Back-Up Coding Staff

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – January 23, 2012 – TrustHCS℠, an HIM, coding, compliance and revenue cycle consultancy firm for health care providers, proudly announces that it will partner with Cerner (Nasdaq: CERN) to deliver integrated ICD-10 education services to the company’s clients and associates. The program, in partnership with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), focuses on the educational needs of hospitals’ and physicians’ coders as they transition to ICD-10. TrustHCS is an AHIMA Corporate Solutions Partner and one of only two companies authorized to resell the AHIMA ICD-10 Fundamentals Program. The announcement was made by Torrey Barnhouse, chief executive officer, TrustHCS.

“The transition to ICD-10 coding has certainly been one of the lesser publicized aspects of health care regulation so far, though 2012 will be a very important year as we work with our clients to develop and execute strategies to ensure a smooth transition to the new system,” said Darren Nipper, learning results executive, with Cerner. “The ICD-10 knowledge and resources available to clients through our relationship with TrustHCS will be an essential component of developing effective clinician and coder training plans that will drive adoption of the new standards.”

In addition to ICD-10 training, the collaboration with TrustHCS gives Cerner clients access to credentialed coding auditors and clinical coding resources, both predicted to be in high demand throughout 2013.

January 24, 2012 I Written By

With New Health IT Standards in Place, HIMSS Completes Tenure as ISO/TC 215 Secretariat

After eight years as the Secretariat for ISO/TC 215, the international technical committee focused on the development of health informatics standards, HIMSS will relinquish its role on June 30, 2011. In addition, HIMSS will step down as administrator of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO/TC 215, which is responsible for coordinating U.S. technical experts and developing national positions on committee matters.

In 2003, HIMSS became the Secretariat for the International Organization for Standardization’s Technical Committee 215 on Health Informatics – known as ISO/TC 215

After eight years as the Secretariat for ISO/TC 215, the international technical committee focused on the development of health informatics standards, HIMSS will relinquish its role on June 30, 2011. In addition, HIMSS will step down as administrator of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO/TC 215, which is responsible for coordinating U.S. technical experts and developing national positions on committee matters.

During the past eight years, ISO/TC 215 has grown to:
• Represent 32 participating member countries, 20 observers and 39 liaison organizations;
• Develop 89 standards and harmonize 7 standards;
• Initiate 129 projects, now in process; and
• Expand U.S. TAG membership to 13 associations, 5 government agencies, 16 vendors and 5 universities.

The standards developed by ISO/TC 215 interact with all areas of healthcare, but focus primarily on health informatics. The committee meets twice each year, including once in a formal plenary session, where voting takes place (one country – one vote) and resolutions are written determining the direction of the work program, and once in an informal joint working group session.  In completing its responsibilities as the Secretariat, HIMSS successfully convened the May 2011 ISO/TC 215 meeting in Kuopio, Finland, as well as four additional plenary meetings during its eight-years as secretariat.

“The development of health IT standards is a primary focus for HIMSS and for quality and interoperable healthcare delivery,” said Carla Smith, CNM, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President for HIMSS.  “We are honored to have worked with this international standards technical committee and will continue to follow the future standards development and harmonization activities of ISO/TC 215.”

As the U.S. member body to ISO, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) was awarded the Secretariat position of ISO/TC 215. In 2003, ANSI delegated the Secretariat to HIMSS, and accredited HIMSS as administrator of the U.S. TAG. Now, ANSI is managing the transition from HIMSS to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), the new Secretariat sponsor for ISO/TC 215 and administrator of the U.S. TAG.

“HIMSS has done an exemplary job as Secretariat of ISO/TC 215 and U.S. TAG administrator,” commented Fran Schrotter, senior vice president and COO of ANSI. “On behalf of the U.S. stakeholder community, we thank HIMSS for its many years of leadership, dedication and tireless effort on international health informatics standards.”

About HIMSS:
HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 50 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations have offices in Chicago, Washington, DC, Brussels, Singapore, Leipzig, and other locations across the United States. HIMSS represents more than 35,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 520 corporate members and more than 120 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, and research initiatives designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.

June 30, 2011 I Written By

TrustHCS First in Nation to Offer AHIMA ICD-10 Training Curriculum to Healthcare Provider Organizations

Trust just announced they are first in the nation to partner with AHIMA for ICD10 Training Program.  As the first partner, Trust will offer the AHIMA training curriculum as part of their overall educational services for ICD10. Good news for hospitals as they can get the AHIMA training in now, versus later.

HIM Consulting Firm Partners with AHIMA Foundation Education Program to Educate and Prepare Coders for ICD-10

Springfield, MO, May 18, 2011: TrustHCS℠, an HIM, compliance and revenue cycle consultancy firm for healthcare providers, proudly announces a strategic partnership and reseller agreement with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to educate and prepare clinical coders for the monumental shift to ICD-10.  In its inaugural year, the AHIMA curriculum focuses on ICD-10 preparation training and assessment with overview of ICD-10 and a focus in anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and medical terminology. The announcement was made by Torrey Barnhouse, Chief Executive Officer, TrustHCS.

“Thorough and timely training will be the lynchpin of ICD-10 success for health care providers,” mentions Barnhouse. TustHCS is honored to be named the first partner for AHIMA’s training program and pleased to help in its successful, nationwide launch. The company is planning a free webinar in coming weeks to explain more about the educational offering.

Rob Nelson, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Business Development for AHIMA underscores the value of solid ICD-10 training. “Healthcare organizations shouldn’t delay planning and preparing for ICD-10 implementation. The AHIMA Online Education Reseller program is an innovative approach, delivering AHIMA’s best-in-class training and assessments to those who must apply the ICD-10 code set with the foundational knowledge biomedical sciences require. As part of AHIMA’s commitment to leading the ICD-10 transition, this new program makes it possible for HIM professionals to benefit from AHIMA’s training, together with other value-added opportunities from our authorized resellers.”  For more about the program from AHIMA, you may visit http://ahima.org/corporate/reseller.aspx

Industry experts predict a significant drop in productivity as organizations lead up to ICD-10. Furthermore, revenue recognition is expected to lag for quite some time afterwards as providers adjust to new coding structures and finer documentation granularity. “Our services in combination with the AHIMA training curriculum can minimize that drop and even fill in staffing to eliminate the issue,” Barnhouse concludes.

About TrustHCS

TrustHCS is a health information management (HIM) services and revenue cycle consultancy firm for healthcare providers. TrustHCS effectively manages and protects the revenue integrity of health providers through affordable, on-demand remote coding, coding compliance, audit, cancer registry and educational services. With 80 hospital, clinic and physician practice customers nationwide, TrustHCS ensures correct clinical coding, delivers effective coding compliance programs, conducts audits and supports cancer registries.  For more information, visit www.trusthcs.com or call (417) 299-5069.

About AHIMA

Representing more than 61,000 specially educated Health Information Management professionals in the United States and around the world, the American Health Information Management Association is committed to promoting and advocating for high quality research, best practices and effective standards in health information and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA’s enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information. www.ahima.org

May 22, 2011 I Written By