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Western Connecticut Health Network offers ICD-10 Readiness Course for Coders

Course available online, 24x7, and approved by AHIMA and AAPC
Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS – February 14, 2012 – Barry Libman Inc.’s popular online medical coders’ course is now being utilized by one of Connecticut’s largest healthcare organizations, Western Connecticut Health Network. The course is to be utilized by two Western Connecticut Health Network hospitals.

The 12-week course, titled Anatomy & Physiology for Coders, prepares medical coders for the transition to ICD-10-CM and –PCS. The course is accessible online twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.

“Western Connecticut Health Network is pleased to collaborate with Barry Libman Inc. to offer medical coders courses for our region,” said Ms. Samina Ahmed, Director of Coding and Documentation at Danbury and New Milford Hospitals.

“Medical coders,” she added, “play a vital role in ensuring quality patient care, which is what Western Connecticut is all about. When healthcare professionals – such as medical coders – are well trained, then patients are well taken care of.”

Western Connecticut Health Network is a patient-centered system of care dedicated to improving health and well being in western Connecticut and adjacent areas of New York.

It was created in 2010 by Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital, and their affiliated organizations.

Along with Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital, the Western Connecticut Health Network includes the following affiliated organizations: the Western Connecticut Medical Group, Western Connecticut Home Care, Corporate Health Care, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), the Danbury Pharmacy and Corporate Healthcare for occupational healthcare services.

As an organized network of providers, services and locations, Western Connecticut Health Network brings together people, technology and processes to deliver timely, convenient, and appropriate care for all patients.

In Anatomy & Physiology for Coders – which includes the textbook Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology by Donald Rizzo – students are comprehensively grounded in the major body systems. Course topics also include common laboratory tests, frequently prescribed drugs, and common diseases and disorders.

Along with quizzes and assessments, which help students master the course, lesson notes, interactive educational games, multi-media videos, and full-color anatomical drawings are offered to promote student engagement.

The courseis approved for 24 continuing education units (CEUs) by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and 12 continuing education units (CEUs) by the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).

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.