The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) recommends training begin no more than six to nine months before
the October 1, 2014 compliance deadline. Training needs will vary for different organizations, but it is projected to take 16 hours for outpatient coders and 50 hours for inpatient coders.
Coders in physician practices will need to learn ICD-10 diagnosis coding only, while hospital coders will need to learn both ICD-10 diagnosis and ICD-10 inpatient procedure
coding. Take into account that ICD-10 code training may be integrated into the CEUs that certified coders need to maintain their credentials. Go to osteopathic.org for more resources on ICD-10.
Something you should know -Transitioning to ICD-10 can't be done overnight Transitioning to ICD-10 can't be done overnight.However, the Professional Association of Healthcare Coding Specialists (PAHCS)
has verified that professional coders can learn how to use ICD-10 in a couple of hours. According to PAHCS most of the conventions used for deciding which code to use and how to find them are almost identical between ICD-9 and ICD-10. Providers, insurance
companies and coders in the United States have been using ICD-9 since it was published by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1978. Physicians are comfortable documenting to ICD-9 standards. ICD-10 represents a major change, and change is never easy. Start
learning the ICD-10 codes and using ICD-10 documentation standards now this way mistakes can be made, found and fixed. Waiting to make or fix these mistakes till ICD-10 codes go into effect on October 1, 2014 will cause reimbursement issues.