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Home Health is Preparing for ICD-10 Implementation

Joan Usher of JLU Health Record Systems to Speak at AHIMA Convention & Exhibit and Unveil Two Home Health Self-Paced Courses in Partnership with Barry Libman Inc.
Thursday, September 27th, 2012

BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS – September 27, 2012 – Joan L. Usher, President of JLU Health Record Systems, is scheduled to speak at the 84th American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Convention & Exhibit, which takes place October 1-3 at Chicago, IL. Usher’s topic is “How Home Health is Preparing for ICD-10.”

On Monday, October 1 at 1:00 PM, Usher will be presenting on how Health Agencies are preparing for ICD-10 and review a 12-month timeline of items needed for ICD-10 compliance.  Usher will review ICD -10 preparedness for a wide range staff including Administration, Field Clinicians, Quality Improvement (QI), Information Technology (IT) and Coding. As well as discuss how agencies are partnering with physicians to document the details necessary for ICD-10 coding.  In addition to the speaking engagement, Joan Usher is pleased to announce the unveiling of two self-paced home health coding courses in partnership with Barry Libman Inc.

“Home Health Agencies will need to understand how ICD-10 coding will impact their case mix and quality outcome reporting. This session will include the significant areas in home health which are impacted by ICD-10 including Home Health Resource Groups, Training and Education Needs, and Quality Reports.  I will also cover the departments that are impacted most and what those departments will need to understand to transition to ICD-10,” says Joan Usher, President of JLU Health Record Systems.

The AHIMA Convention & Exhibit brings together HIM professionals from all areas of health informatics and information management. Focusing on HIM’s global transformation, the conference offers a comprehensive overview of current and emerging HIM issues and challenges.

Usher is a nationally recognized expert in the field of health information management and president of JLU Heath Record Systems, a leading consultant and Home Health Coding educator.

JLU Health Record Systems and Barry Libman Inc. a provider of online medical coding courses for HIM and home health professionals, recently partnered to provide high quality and low cost home health coding courses for home health coders. The courses, which train HIM professionals, as well as home health nursing, and hospice coders, are designed to increase knowledge of coding and staff morale, and to improve staff efficiency.

Joan Usher has taught ICD-9 coding for more than 15 years and has educated over 7,500 home health people nationwide. She is past president of Massachusetts Health Information Management Association (MaHIMA), a component state organization of AHIMA. Under her leadership, MaHIMA received four national awards from AHIMA. A regular lecturer, Usher is also the author of “ICD-9 Coding for Home Health - A Comprehensive Coder's Guide” and “ICD-10 Essentials for Homecare.”

For more about the 84th AHIMA Convention & Exhibit, visit http://www.ahima.org/events/convention/

For more about the JLU Home Health medical coder courses offered through Barry Libman Inc., visit https://www.barrylibmaninc.com/training-education/home-health-coding-courses-2/


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.


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.