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ICD-10? of Week: What type of training will providers and staff need for the ICD-10 transition?

Friday, January 17, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: AOA
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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 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.


START NOW! The National Director of PAHCS, Lee Browder provided the above messaging regarding ICD-10. Visit for additional information on PAHCS or to read the full article . Also visit the AOA website at for educational resources on ICD-10.

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