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ICD-10 Readiness Presentation to be given at MeHIMA Spring Conference

Susan Pepple to discuss seizing the moment of CMS ICD-10 postponement with Anatomy & Physiology for Coders course
Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS  - March 06, 2012 – On the agenda for the Maine Health Information Management Association’s (MeHIMA) annual spring conference is a presentation by Susan Pepple, Vice President and Business Manager of Barry Libman Inc., on the popular ICD-10 training course Anatomy & Physiology for Coders.

The conference, which includes lectures by several of the healthcare industry’s foremost experts, takes place this March 16 at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer, ME.

“It is an honor to have an opportunity to speak at MeHIMA’s spring conference,” said Pepple. “This year’s agenda tackles several of today’s pressing healthcare-related issues, a major one of which is ICD-10. ICD-10, which we heartily welcome, is slated to replace the current ICD-9- coding system in 2013. And while there has been a recent CMS ICD-10 postponement announcement for certain healthcare entities, it is important that all healthcare entities make the most of the time they have left to ensure a smooth transition.

“To that end,” she added, “I am discussing the importance of seizing the moment with the ICD-10 readiness course, Anatomy & Physiology for Coders.”

Anatomy & Physiology for Coders has become increasingly popular, being distributed by several significant healthcare networks including Granite Healthcare Network in New Hampshire, Western Connecticut Health Network in Connecticut, and Johns Hopkins Medicine in Maryland.

Being online and accessible 24/7, the course is flexible, and yet spans a reasonable time frame, namely 12 weeks.

The course gives students a comprehensive and complete review of the major body systems, and discusses common diseases and disorders, frequently prescribed drugs, and common laboratory tests. Augmenting the course are lesson notes, multi-media videos, interactive educational games, full-color anatomical drawings, quizzes, and weekly assessments.

Susan Pepple oversees Barry Libman Inc.’s expansion of services, including online education for health information management professionals.  She has been Barry Libman Inc.’s vice president since its founding in 1998. Pepple is a graduate of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (MCRP’80) and Southwest Missouri State University.

Other lecture topics at the MeHIMA annual spring conference include ICD 10 and Outpatient Coding Challenges (2 sessions) (by Andrea Clark), Refresher on Privacy, HIPAA and HITECH Training (by Wendy Pelletier), Netiquette and Telework (by Nora Brennen), Skeletal Complications of Malignancy and Pharmacologoical Treatment (by D. Patrick Boyle), The Structure and Implications of Mandatory Compliance Programs for Small and Large Providers (by Marci Alexander), and Healthcare Fraud and Abuse (by Eric Hafener).

Also scheduled is a panel discussion that addresses RAC-related improvements made by Maine hospitals over the past year. Panelists include Colleen Crocker, Jason McDowell, Sally Howard, and Mandy Reid.

Attendees will be provided with breakfast and lunch, and will also have several networking breaks. Attendees can earn up to 6 CEUs.

The conference precedes the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) 23rd annual Health Information Professionals (HIP) Week, which runs March 25 – 31 and is titled "Managing Health Information for Life." During this week AHIMA honors our nation’s thousands of hard-working health information management (HIM) professionals.

For more about Barry Libman Inc.’s Anatomy and Coders course, visit

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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.