Education & Training
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MedPartners realized the need for quality education for our 600+ external consultants several years ago. After surveying the education options available for purchase we soon realized the level of quality education we needed for our consultants did not exist. We decided to invest in the human capital to create our own education that met the unique needs of our medical coding, clinical documentation improvement (CDI), and case management consultants.
For the past 2 years we have educated our external consultants with our uniquely created courses developed for the specific needs and changes we are seeing on the healthcare landscape. We designed training modules geared towards medical coders and CDI specialists. Our consultants began to share their learned knowledge with the coders they were working with on-site at healthcare facilities around the United States.
Hence, MedPartners University (MPU) was born. MedPartners University offers a virtual full-service continuing education portal through a Learning Management System; Blackboard Learn. The MPU team consists of seasoned educators in Coding and Clinical Documentation Improvement, a Blackboard Administrator, and Blackboard Support for MPU learners with more than 80 years of industry experience. Our support services include course navigation assistance and the option to submit coding or documentation questions.Contact Us
MedPartners Education Resource Centers
- Our resource center has been designed and customized to the specific educational needs of our consultants. As a member of the MedPartners family, each consultant has full access to all of the resources we provide across all divisions.
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Education and Services Overview
Overview of MedPartners’ University Education and Services
- ICD-10-CM/PCS (Coding, CDI and Trauma) Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Continuing Education
- Clinical Documentation Improvement
- Inpatient Coding Knowledge Assessments
- Outpatient Coding Knowledge Assessments
- Refresher Courses- Anatomy & Physiology, Pathophysiology, Medical Terminology and Pharmacology
Learner Resource Tools that assist when preparing, participating and completing continuing education or knowledge assessments:
- MPU Consultant Support
- MPU Blackboard Support
- MPU Education Support
- MPU Education Orientations
- Live and Recorded Lunch and Learns
- Continuing Education Units
Brandi L. Fowler, MS, RHIAVice President of Education & Compliance
As a committed HIM professional, Brandi Fowler officially joined MedPartners in January of 2015 as an Account Manager in the northeast and mid-west where she quickly added value to her clients and consultants, reducing candidate attrition and improving quality. An Oklahoma native, Mrs. Fowler served on the OKHIMA board as the Director of Education as well as the Director of Programs. She served as a full time instructor and Program Director of The Health Information Management Program at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, OK where she was responsible for bringing their existing RHIA program online and adding an online Master’s Program in Healthcare Informatics. Previous to her time in academics, Brandi worked in various sales consulting roles and as a Physician Trainer at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Brandi achieved her RHIA in 1999, CPC credentials in 2000, Masters in Health Informatics from The College of St. Scholastica in 2010 and CAHIIM Program Accreditation Site Surveyor in 2014.
Karen Newhouser, RN, BSN, CCDS, CCS, CCMDirector of CDI Education
Karen has been an RN for over 36 years, mostly in the critical care sector, both in Canada and the United States. Her career includes Case Management and she has been involved with Clinical Documentation Improvement for the last 11 years. She began working for MedPartners in November, 2011 as the CDI Supervisor at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, and during her tenure at BJH, the CDI program grew to 30 strong, and involved integration with multiple hospital programs and initiatives. The CDI team at BJH began sole coding in ICD-10 in March, 2014, and Karen was integral to the implementation and success of that initiative and many others until she left the supervisory position in November, 2014, in order to focus on the Director of CDI Education role full time. Karen is a featured blogger with ACDIS and has been a speaker and poster presenter at ACDIS Annual Conferences, and is a member of ACDIS, AHIMA, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Karen currently sits on the ACDIS Advisory Board. She is honored to be the 2015 CDI Professional of the Year award recipient.
MedPartners University offers virtual full-time continuing education through a Learning management System in conjunction with a strong team of seasoned educators whom together offer more than 80 years of combined experience in the areas of Coding, Clinical Documentation Improvement and Case Management. MedPartners knows this industry is constantly changing, and we find it crucial to provide timely and thorough knowledge to educate our industry professionals and keep them at the top of their game. Our strategy is to promote HIM education as a measure to continually meet the needs of seasoned professionals.