Why the ICD-10 Delay Doesn't Mean Coders Can Postpone Training

In an in2itive blog post, Dawn Houston, coding supervisor at in2itive, discusses the ICD-10 implementation delay to October 2015, and why this does not mean coders and their employers can procrastinate on getting ready for the eventual transition.

According to Ms. Houston, coders who have already started training should keep it up to be prepared for the transition when it happens. Coders have a number of resources at their disposal, including organizations such as the American Academy of Professional Coders and American Health Information Management Association, which offer training and troubleshooting services. When the implementation takes place, the industry will be looking to coders to ensure that the system does not crash.

Also, coders should make sure their organizations are conducting ICD-10 gap analysis, which is a series of assessments to evaluate readiness for ICD-10 implementation, Ms. Houston notes.

More Articles on ICD-10:

New ICD-10 Transition Date Set for Oct. 1, 2015
AHIMA: 88% of Providers Disappointed by ICD-10 Delay
5 Key ICD-10 Process Management Strategies to Cope With the Delay

© Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2012. Interested in LINKING to or REPRINTING this content? View our policies by clicking here.

 

New from Becker's ASC Review

6 tips for improving bedside manner, patient experience

Read Now