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Barry Libman Inc and JLU Health Record Systems Offer Online Coding Courses for Home Health

Specialized coding courses increase coder knowledge, staff morale, and staff efficiency
Friday, June 1st, 2012

BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS – June 01, 2012 – Barry Libman Inc. and JLU Health Record Systems – which recently partnered to provide high quality, low cost online courses to medical coders – are now offering two important basic coding courses, “Fundamentals of Home Health Coding ” and “Understanding Case Mix and Coding for Home Health.” These courses are specifically designed to train home health staff and coders.

“These courses are strongly recommended for new home health staff and coders,” said JLU president Joan L. Usher. “Specialized training can also help providers improve staff efficiency and regulatory compliance, resulting in increased revenues and cash flow, as well as decreased audits and penalties. The end result: increased coder knowledge base, improved staff morale, and better staff efficiency.”

Susan Pepple, vice president of Barry Libman Inc noted online courses offer important flexibility. “The courses,” she said, “are self-paced, and do not require travel, which is a win-win for professionals pressed for time. The material is presented in a digestible format, and is foundational to professional home health coding practices. Those who complete these courses will come away with a much better understanding of home health coding and its proper application, and be much better equipped for a career in coding.”

“Fundamentals of Home Health Coding” is designed for inexperienced coders and clinicians. The course reviews basic coding skills for staff unfamiliar with coding, how to utilize coding books, and how to code accurately.

Course objectives include: understanding the five steps to correctly assign ICD-9 Codes; understanding coding conventions necessary for proper code assignment; guidelines for coding specific diagnostic areas of particular concern to home health and hospice providers, such as : Neoplasm, Diabetes, CVA, Cardiac, Rehab (PT, OT, ST); assigning procedure codes; and learning how accurate coding can benefit your agency.

“Understanding Case Mix and Coding for Home Health” is appropriate for the inexperienced coder as well as clinicians needing a basic understanding of case mix and the Prospective Payment System (PPS).

Course objectives include: reviewing the importance of correct coding; discussing diagnostic categories and what diagnoses and codes are included within each category; and reviewing the relationship between Coding and other OASIS M questions.

To learn more about these courses, visit www.barrylibmaninc.com


JLU Health Record Systems provides performance improvement, nursing consultants, and health information and medical record professionals to service the needs of health care organizations. In addition, JLU educates organizations and provides individual training to achieve excellence in health care.

JLU offers a wide variety of courses in multiple categories, including ICD-9-CM Coding, ICD-9-CM ACE Coding Certification, ICD-10 Coding, OASIS C, HIPAA, Privacy & Security Issues, Electronic Health Records Issues & Compliance Activities, and more. http://www.jluhealth.com/index.htm

About Barry Libman Inc.

Barry Libman Inc. provides medical record coding, audit, and educational services to the Health Information Management departments of healthcare institutions.   Barry Libman Inc. offers the right-mix of online and classroom education to ensure that the HIM professional is prepared to handle changes in the medical record coding systems and the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS.