Libman Education works with carefully selected leaders in Health Information Management and Coding to create courses, presentations, and thought-provoking articles on the issues of concern to our industry and our profession. This is a time of great change in HIM. Libman Education is pleased to be your source for information, training, and education to help you prepare to meet these challenges.

 

Barry Libman, MS, RHIA, CDIP, CCS

Barry is recognized for his in-depth knowledge of coding and reimbursement issues for acute care hospitals. An area of particular interest and expertise is Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTACH) coding.

Barry is the founder of both Barry Libman Inc., a company that provides coding, audit, and educational services to the HIM departments of healthcare institutions, as well as Libman Education, a leading provider of training for the health care workforce. Prior to forming these organizations, he held a number of positions in the health information management field, working for hospitals, insurers, consulting firms, and regulatory bodies.

Barry is often called upon to provide education and training on code updates and coding issues. He received the Professional Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Health Information Management Association (MaHIMA), served on the MaHIMA Board of Directors, and served as a representative to the House of Delegates held at the AHIMA national conference. He was formerly a member of the coding advisory board of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. Barry is a graduate of Northeastern University and received a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Simmons College.

 

Mary Beth York, CCS, CCS-P, CIC

Mary Beth has mentored hundreds of students to CCS success. She teaches Libman Education’s highly successful CCS Exam Prep course, as well as the CCS Mock Exam with Personal Coaching Session. She is also co-author of the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) Exam Review. With over twenty years of experience in coding, auditing and documentation for hospitals ranging from community to teaching hospitals, as well as physician group practices, Mary Beth has taught in a broad range of settings from large classroom, to small group, to one-on-one instruction.

Mary Beth has also taught CCS-P exam preparation skills, interventional radiology, and physician education on documentation requirements and assignment of E&M levels. She is a Senior Associate with Barry Libman Inc., which she joined in January 2000 and has been responsible for coding, auditing and documentation improvement services provided to clients throughout New England.

An AHIMA certified ICD-10 trainer, Mary Beth attended Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, MA. She is a long-time member of the New Hampshire Health Information Management Association (NhHIMA) Board of Directors and served as President.

 

Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA

Lynn Kuehn is president of Kuehn Consulting, LLC, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, a consulting firm specializing in coding for all settings and physician practice management issues. Lynn is a nationally recognized trainer on ICD-10-PCS and other HIM-related topics.

Lynn served on the AHIMA Board of Directors and authored several of AHIMA’s most popular books including Procedural Coding and Reimbursement for Physician Services; CCS-P Exam Preparation, and ICD-10-PCS: An Applied Approach.

Together with her co-Author Theresa Jorwic, Lynn received the Triumph Literary Legacy Award from AHIMA for ICD-10-PCS: An Applied Approach.  Called the “go-to” resource for learning and mastering ICD-10-PCS, ICD-10-PCS: An Applied Approach provides step-by-step instructions and exercises at all levels, and is used throughout Kuehn’s ICD-10-PCS courses authored for Libman Education.

 

Gail I. Smith, MA, RHIA, CCS-P

Gail SmithGail is a nationally recognized ICD-10 expert and has authored several coding textbooks for CPT and ICD-10-CM. An AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer and Academy faculty member, she is a health care consultant with over 30 years experience in the field of coding, education and health information management (HIM). Gail has authored Libman Education’s ICD-10-CM courses ICD-10-CM for Coding Professionals and ICD-10-CM: A Quick Course on Classification Systems.

Recently, Gail has been focusing on ICD-10-CM/PCS education with developing online courses, presenting workshops, and performing documentation reviews.

Gail was an associate professor and director of a HIM program at the University of Cincinnati and program director at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. She received her bachelor’s degree in HIM from The Ohio State University and her master’s degree in education from The College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio. Gail is President of Gail I. Smith Consulting.

 

Angela Lehoux, BS, CCS, CDIP, CIC, COC, CPC-I

Angela Lehoux is a coder with 25 years of experience in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room coding; an instructor and education specialist for Libman Education courses; and Director of Training and Operations for Libman Education where she is responsible for ensuring that our training is accurate, easily accessible, and challenging.

Angela believes in the transformational power of education to help individuals achieve their personal and career goals and for institutions to achieve operating success. Angela develops and reviews course content and is the teacher for Libman Education’s Medical Coder Career Program (MCCP), courses on ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS, and review courses for the CCACCS, CIC, and COC credentials. Angela has provided in-house and on-demand training and mentoring of coding staff, as well as presentations on coding-related topics. Angela enjoys working individually with current students to answer their questions regarding course content and with prospective students to identify the appropriate curriculum to support their career objectives.

Angela holds a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management and holds Certified Coding Specialist, Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner from AHIMA as well as the Certified Inpatient Coder, Certified Outpatient Coder, and the Certified Professional Coder Instructor certifications from AAPC.

 

David Zielske, MD, CIRCC, COC, CCVTC, CCC, CCS, RCC

David Zielske is the founder and President of ZHealth Publishing and the primary author and editor of each ZHealth publication. Dr. Z practiced as an interventional radiologist for fourteen years and has over twenty years experience as a coding reviewer and coding expert.

He is Board Certified in Radiology with the Certification of Added Qualification in Interventional Radiology (1995, 2005). Dr. Z has functioned as an independent interventional radiology, vascular surgery, and cardiovascular coding consultant to a variety of physician groups and hospital providers across the country, and he has served as an instructor in over 200 coding seminars.

Dr. Z was on the AAPC National Advisory Board from 2005-2009. A graduate of Oregon State University and Oregon State Sciences University School of Medicine, Dr. Z completed his internship, radiology residency, and interventional radiology fellowship at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA.

 

Joan L. Usher, BS, RHIA, ACE

A nationally recognized expert in the field of health information management, Joan has taught ICD-9 coding for over 15 years and has educated over 7,500 people nationwide. She is author or editor of numerous courses, books and articles on Home Health Diagnostic Coding, Home Health Reimbursement Methods, Home Health Documentation and Health Record Requirements. She is the author of Libman Education’s home health courses Fundamentals of Home Health CodingUnderstanding Case Mix and Coding for Home HealthICD-10 for Post Acute Care Settings, and ICD-10 For Home Health Providers.

Joan is Past President of Massachusetts Health Information Management Association (MAHIMA), a component state organization of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Under her leadership, MA received four national awards from AHIMA in Continuing Education Programs, Support for Accredited HIM Education, Legislative Advocacy and Electronic Communications.

Joan is President of JLU Health Record Systems, a leader in Health Information Management and ICD-9 and ICD-10 coding solutions. She is a certified OASIS and Coding Specialist and is the author of the JLU Rapid Reference Coding Guide.

 

Kelly McLendon, RHIA, CHPS

Kelly is a a well-known consultant and industry expert in patient privacy and security, with specific subject matter expertise in the areas of privacy incident, detection and automation. He is also an industry expert in legal health records, HIM operations, electronic document management and EHR project planning. Kelly is author of Libman Education’s courses HIPAA Privacy & Security: Workforce Training for Business Associates and HIPAA Privacy & Security: Workforce Training for Providers of Healthcare Services.

He is a frequent industry speaker and authored a book for AHIMA titled The Legal Health Record: Regulations, Policies and Guidelines. Kelly received the AHIMA Triumph Award in Innovation in 2015, the FHIMA Distinguished Member Award in 2008, and the AHIMA Visionary Award in 2003.

A Managing Director of CompliancePro Solutions, Kelly has held senior management positions at Eclipsys and MedPlus, and performs several Legal Health Record and ARRA/HITECH Seminars each year.

 

Christopher G. Richards, RHIA, CCS

Chris’s areas of expertise include health information administration, case management, quality improvement, hospital payment oversight, and documentation education initiatives. He has a comprehensive understanding of the Federal Medicare program rules and regulations, as well as extensive experience ensuring that clinical coding and DRG assignment result in accurate provider reimbursement.

Chris was honored with the 2009 Professional Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Health Information Management Association (MaHIMA) and was nominated for the 2009 Distinguished Member Award from AHIMA. He is four-time recipient of the QIO Peer Recognition Award for Outstanding Achievement. Chris served as Chairman and Staff Liaison to the Massachusetts Hospital Payment Monitoring Advisory Committee, Chairman of the DRG Advisory Subgroup of the Massachusetts Hospital Association, and Team Leader for Total Quality Management – Continuous Quality Improvement Initiatives at Masspro.

He joined Barry Libman Inc. as a Senior Associate in 2014 after 27 years with Masspro, the Massachusetts Quality Improvement Organization (QIO). Chris held a variety of positions at Masspro; most recently, DRG Specialist and Healthcare Quality Reporting Advisor for the Office of Medicare Operations. Chris is a member of the Wolters Kluwer’s MediRegs Product Advisory Board. A graduate of Hobart College, he received a postgraduate Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration from Northeastern University.

 

Alice Marie Reybitz, RN, BA, CPC, COC, CPC-I, CCS-P

Alice Marie Reybitz is an experienced medical coding instructor and has served as a billing and coding program director, a billing supervisor, a billing office manager, and a clinical coordinator.

Alice has written articles published in the Advanced Journal of Health Information Management and has reviewed two coding textbooks used nationally for coding education. Alice is often called on to speak at national meetings on topics in nursing, coding, and insurance.

Alice is the author of Libman Education’s course Injection and Infusion Coding for Facilities.

 

Rebecca Harmon, MPM, RHIA, CCA

Rebecca is an experienced health care professional, educator and academic consultant with expertise in course and program development, training/education and career coaching and mentoring. She regularly blogs for Libman Education.

Rebecca returned to HIM practice in a leadership role after spending many years as an HIM educator. Tapping her broad history of diverse healthcare experience that began with a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy, she writes regularly and speaks on education, workforce issues, management and life. An energetic and engaging speaker, Rebecca enjoys sharing her unique perspective with student, faculty, professional and community groups.

Rebecca holds a Master’s in Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

 

Pamela J. Haney, MS, RHIA, CCS, CIC, COC (Emeritus)

Pamela J. Haney is the Coding Trainer Lead for the “American Apprenticeship Grant Program” at the AHIMA Foundation funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. While Director of Training and Education for Libman Education, Pam was responsible for the writing and/or development of online and instructor-led courses in health information management and medical record coding. Pam lead the creation of Libman Education’s Medical Coder Career Program (MCCP) which features foundational courses on ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and CPT, as well as coding credential review courses.

An experienced educator, Pam serves as faculty and advisory committee member for medical coding and HIT programs, and has over thirty years experience as a Director of HIM and Coding Services. She is an AHIMA certified ICD-10 trainer and received the 2013 AHIMA Triumph Award in the Mentor category.

Pam was a beta tester for the AAPC CIC™ exam and one of the first to receive the CIC™ certification.

 

Linda Hyde, RHIA

Linda Hyde is a consultant currently participating in projects related to electronic data collection for performance measurement and other initiatives. As a terminology analyst for these projects she regularly works with various classification and terminology systems including ICD9, ICD10, RxNorm, LOINC and SNOMED CT.

She has extensive knowledge of data standards and data quality and regularly speaks and publishes on these topics. Linda has served as chair and member of the AHIMA Classification and Terminology and the Quality Measurement and Secondary Data Use practice councils, member of the AHIMA Enterprise Information Management as well as a member of the NQF Expert Panel on Coding Maintenance.

She is currently a member of the AHIMA Classification and Terminology practice council and an AHIMA certified ICD 10 CM/PCS trainer.

 

Susan Cohen, RHIA, CDIP, CCS

Susan has over 25 years of health information management experience with concentrations in acute care hospital health information management, acute care and long-term care coding and reimbursement, DRG and APC analysis, documentation improvement and compliance services.

She has held previous positions as director of Health Information Management, Coding and Compliance in large teaching and non-teaching medical centers. Susan received her B.S. in Health Information Management from Temple University. She is a Certified Documentation Improvement Practitioner, and Certified Coding Specialist.

 

Ann Barnaby, CPC, CRC

Ann Barnaby is the Managing Director of Project Resume (projectresume.net), a company she developed to provide professional development guidance through webinar education and resume revision. She has a true desire to help coders realize their own potential by providing both personal and group education.

Ann began her professional journey when she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Policy and Administration as a student at The Pennsylvania State University, where she was a member of the Phi Gamma Nu business fraternity. Ann has enjoyed a career in medical coding and billing, recruiting, training and management of medical coding teams. Her desire to help coders to career success was the driving force behind the creation of Project Resume, and that desire grows with every success story!

 

John Murphy, M.B.A.

John Murphy is the Principal of Risk Adjustment Consulting, a firm specializing in the development of strategies for excellence in the new healthcare payment models. He has extensive experience in revenue optimization and protection for plans and provider groups in the Medicare Advantage program.

He has spoken at national conferences on the risk models used by both Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act as well as best practices for a Risk Adjustment Data Validation (RADV) audit. John also has over 15 years’ experience in the development and negotiations of complex performance based contracts.

John received both a bachelors and masters in Business Administration from University of Rhode Island – College of Business Administration.  John blogs regularly for Libman Education on topics related to health risk adjustment, managed care contracting, medicare risk adjustment, and optimization of provider results in risk based contracts.