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TrustHCS First in Nation to Offer AHIMA ICD-10 Training Curriculum to Healthcare Provider Organizations

Thursday, May 19, 2011 General News J E 4
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HIM Consulting Firm Partners with AHIMA Foundation Education Program to Educate and Prepare Coders for ICD-10

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- TrustHCS(SM), an HIM, compliance and revenue cycle consultancy firm for healthcare providers, proudly announces a strategic partnership and reseller agreement with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to educate and prepare clinical coders for the monumental shift to ICD-10.  In its inaugural year, the AHIMA curriculum focuses on ICD-10 preparation training and assessment with overview of ICD-10 and a focus in anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and medical terminology. The announcement was made by Torrey Barnhouse, Chief Executive Officer, TrustHCS.

"Thorough and timely training will be the lynchpin of ICD-10 success for health care providers," mentions Barnhouse. TrustHCS is honored to be named the first partner for AHIMA's training program and pleased to help in its successful, nationwide launch. The company is planning a free webinar in coming weeks to explain more about the educational offering.

Rob Nelson, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Business Development for AHIMA underscores the value of solid ICD-10 training. "Healthcare organizations shouldn't delay planning and preparing for ICD-10 implementation. The AHIMA Online Education Reseller program is an innovative approach, delivering AHIMA's best-in-class training and assessments to those who must apply the ICD-10 code set with the foundational knowledge biomedical sciences require. As part of AHIMA's commitment to leading the ICD-10 transition, this new program makes it possible for HIM professionals to benefit from AHIMA's training, together with other value-added opportunities from our authorized resellers."  For more about the program from AHIMA, you may visit http://ahima.org/corporate/reseller.aspx

Industry experts predict a significant drop in productivity as organizations lead up to ICD-10. Furthermore, revenue recognition is expected to lag for quite some time afterwards as providers adjust to new coding structures and finer documentation granularity. "Our services in combination with the AHIMA training curriculum can minimize that drop and even fill in staffing to eliminate the issue," Barnhouse concludes.

About TrustHCS

TrustHCS is a health information management (HIM) services and revenue cycle consultancy firm for healthcare providers. TrustHCS effectively manages and protects the revenue integrity of health providers through affordable, on-demand remote coding, coding compliance, audit, cancer registry and educational services. With 80 hospital, clinic and physician practice customers nationwide, TrustHCS ensures correct clinical coding, delivers effective coding compliance programs, conducts audits and supports cancer registries.  For more information, visit www.trusthcs.com or call (417) 299-5069.

About AHIMA

Representing more than 61,000 specially educated Health Information Management professionals in the United States and around the world, the American Health Information Management Association is committed to promoting and advocating for high quality research, best practices and effective standards in health information and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA's enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information. www.ahima.org

For more information call:Beth Friedman, PresidentThe Friedman Marketing Group770.335.8570beth@tfmgcom.com

SOURCE TrustHCS

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