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Report: Demand for Certified Professional Coders to Increase With ICD-10

The demand for trained medical coders is expected to increase leading up to the ICD-10 transition as the number of coders seeking retirement before the switch increases, according to research from KLAS.

Fifty-seven is the average retirement age for coders, though many professionals may consider early retirement to avoid taking on the additional education and burden of ICD-10, according to the report. ICD-10 contains 68,000 diagnostic codes, nearly five times that of ICD-9.

KLAS found many providers holding off on ICD-10 training in case they lose coders to retirement or recruitment by other organizations. However, early training may be a practice's best bet for a smooth transition in October 2014.

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