New Online Course Covers ICD-10's Application to Post Acute Care Settings

Course allows students from home health, hospices and skilled nursing facilities to work around busy schedules and prepare for the October 2014 ICD-10 implementation
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BEDFORD, Mass. - Feb. 27, 2014 - PRLog -- Libman Education, a leading provider of training for the health care workforce, has released a new online course for preparing HIM and Nursing professionals in post acute care settings for the October 2014 ICD-10 deadline.

The course, titled ICD-10 for Post Acute Care, teaches the fundamentals of ICD-10 as a coding system. After covering the basics, it explores the application of ICD-10 to the unique setting of post acute care including specific guidance for home health, hospice, and skilled nursing facilities.

Course author Joan L. Usher, a nationally recognized leader in ICD-10 coding education for the post-acute setting, called the course highly recommended for HIM professionals and clinicians in post acute care settings: “Accurate coding is important not only as a record of patient condition and treatment, it is essential to ensuring that the facility is reimbursed accurately.”

She added: “The implementation of ICD-10 is both a challenge and an opportunity to address documentation and coding deficiencies. Post acute care coding is different than the hospital coding and this course provides home health, hospice and skilled nursing facilities with specific examples which represent their unique populations.”

ICD-10 for Post Acute Care gives students the flexibility needed to work around their busy schedules. Being an online, self-paced course, students can take the course at their leisure. In addition, the course does not include loads of unnecessary information, but just enough material for students to learn what they need and still finish in a reasonable time.

Each of the course’s three lessons can be finished in approximately 60 minutes. Lessons one and two are titled, respectively, “System Structure and Design” and “ICD-10 Coding Guidelines.” Lesson three, “ICD-10 Chapter-Specific Diagnoses,” covers common diagnoses for all post acute care settings, and provides additional coding examples by industry setting, including home health, hospice, and skilled nursing facilities.

ICD-10 for Post Acute Care is part of Libman Education’s suite of ICD-10 readiness courses for equipping health care organizations in all aspects of ICD-10 coding. Other courses are based on anatomy and physiology, ICD-10-CM, and ICD-10-PCS. In addition, Libman Education offers an anatomy and physiology skills assessment to help organizations determine the readiness of their coders to start ICD-10 training.

Students taking ICD-10 Coding for Post Acute Care are eligible to receive 3 AHIMA CEUs.  (The number of AAPC CEU credits has not yet been determined.)

The course’s author, Joan L. Usher, BS, RHIA, COS-C, ACE, is a nationally recognized expert in the field of Health Information Management. A veteran teacher, she has educated over 7,500 home health agency staff members nationwide, and has authored several medical coding books, including Rapid Reference Coding Guide, 2014 edition. Usher is president of JLU Health Record Systems, a top provider of ICD-9 and ICD-10 coding solutions.

For more about ICD-10 for Post Acute Care, visit

For more about Libman Education’s suite of ICD-10 readiness courses, visit

Libman Education 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.

Deborah A. Buckley
Source:Libman Education
Tags:Post acute care coding, Post acute care coder, Home health coding, Hospice coding, Icd-10 Post Acute
Industry:Education, Health
Location:Bedford - Massachusetts - United States
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