ICD-10 Medical Coding

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Understanding ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS: Coding Level 101

This class will give coding professionals and other users an overview of the upcoming changes and the differences between ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. This will allow your organization to make the assessments necessary to identify the educational needs now in preparation of a more detailed and advanced training closer to the implementation date of October 1, 2014.

Critical areas include medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, documentation practices and pharmacology. This preparation will benefit your organization before ICD-10 implementation by determining needed resource allocation, change management, and staff time and education.

While ICD-10-CM (diagnosis coding) has a different look, it feels close to our current ICD-9 system and retains the traditional ICD format and many of the same conventions. However, ICD-10-PCS has drastically different concepts, and the training period will be much longer. The two systems will be reviewed to prepare you for more in-depth training at a later date. Early preparation is key to success in a manageable, phased-in approach.

This course has been approved for two CEUs from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).


Pharmacology Brush-Up for ICD-10-CM/PCS

This course is designed for those already working in the field who are looking for a review of pharmacology with emphasis on commonly used drugs and their effects on body systems. With the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS, understanding the differences in drugs, drug interactions, drug administrations and patient response is now more crucial than ever due to the specificity of code choices. A good understanding of the older drugs, along with new drugs to understand the difference between a therapeutic effect, side effect and toxic effect will be used.

If it has been a long time since you have taken a pharmacology class or never taken one, this course will review drugs used for the different body systems/organs and should be taken before learning ICD-10-CM/PCS.

This course has been approved for two CEUs from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).


Enhanced Medical Terminology for ICD-10-CM/PCS

Due to the greater specificity in code assignment in the upcoming ICD-10-CM/PCS, a better understanding of key terms is essential. ICD-10-PCS descriptions do not contain any diagnostic information. The disease or disorder is reflected in the diagnosis coding, not in the procedure coding. Many common terms currently used have a different meaning in ICD-10. Each procedure is associated with a definition allowing for uniform code assignment.

It is important for those desiring to take ICD-10-PCS training to complete this course first.

This course has been approved for three CEUs from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).


Anatomy & Physiology for ICD-10 Coding

Building a solid foundation of anatomy and physiology will help prepare you for the switch to ICD-10-CM/PCS. Knowing A & P ahead of time will help during the transition.

What does this all mean to you? While you should already have a good fundamental understanding of A & P, its application is going to be different in ICD-10-CM/PCS. Due to its structure, the new codes require a greater level of detail in order to assign the appropriate code. For example, in a procedure involving an artery, you will need to know which artery is involved, where it is located in the body, what approach the physician used, what type of repair was performed and whether any device was used. It is important to differentiate between body systems and body parts.

In this class, we will be going through the chapters as they pertain to ICD-10-CM/PCS in order help you determine the most accurate and appropriate code. It is recommended that you complete this course before beginning ICD-10-CM/PCS training.

This course has been approved for six CEUs from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Academy for Professional Coders (AAPC).


Best Practices for ICD-10-CM Documentation

It is important to define areas in ICD-10 that enable improved data capture if more specific conditions/procedures are documented to ensure accurate coding. It is necessary to have concrete documentation in the medical record to support accurate code choices.

This course focuses on documentation assessment and improvement to support code assignment. This will enable staff to review and educate for accurate clinical documentation improvements in relationship to ICD-10 before the October 1, 2014, implementation date. Don't let documentation be the cause of poor or delayed reimbursement.

This course has been approved for three CEUs from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).


Learning ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding

Any type of provider who currently submits claims under HIPAA will be affected by ICD-10-CM (Diagnosis Coding). This is not just for hospitals and clinics, but for dentists, therapists, mental health, chiropractors, etc. ICD-10-CM was created due to the need for diagnostic specificity and a higher level of detail for morbidity classification. The similarities and differences between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM will be discussed. We will review each organ/body system chapter by chapter and give you hands-on experience completing coding exercises for each chapter.

It is estimated an experienced coder should have at least eight hours of diagnosis training and will take approximately six months to become proficient. It is also recommended not to learn either ICD-10-CM or ICD-10-PCS until 6-8 months before the implementation date of October 1, 2014. This will allow you time to assess your current documentation and begin coding reports using ICD-10-CM codes to increase your efficiency to allow your accounts receivable to keep flowing.

This course has been approved for eight CEUs from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).


Learning ICD-10-PCS Procedural Coding

If you currently code from ICD-9-CM-Volume 3, this class is for you. There are some drastically different concepts in ICD-10-PCS as compared to ICD-9 coding. The index is arranged by the type of procedure with the first 3-4 characters of the code to assist with locating the code in the tables to accurately code the procedure. All procedures will now be defined by 31 different medical and surgical root operations and coded according to the objective of the procedure actually performed and not the procedure itself. It is recommended, participants should have already assessed their weaknesses in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, clinical documentation practices and pharmacology before this time and completed any necessary education prior to taking this course. We will review ICD-10-PCS chapter by chapter and complete exercises at the end of each chapter to give you practice.

This course has been approved for 16 CEUs from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

Last modified: April 22nd, 2014 at 12:47pm