AAPC vice pres: 2015 the year for more ICD-10 education

Rhonda Buckholtz, vice president of ICD-10 education and training at AAPC, told ICD10monitor.com she expects 2015 will be the year of more rigorous preparation for the upcoming medical coding system.

In a recent editorial, Ms. Buckholtz admits surprise at the delay in implementation of ICD-10 but also says that forestalling the rollout allowed for a more thorough look at what is to come, particularly in regard to four myths in the medical coding industry.

Her four points go as follows:

1. In most cases, the speculated cost is expected to be far greater than the actual cost of implementation.

2. Productivity isn't likely to take much of a hit, as most coders can learn the new system within a few weeks.

3. Just like in ICD-9, most practices won't need to mandate the use of external cause codes.  

4. Unspecified codes will be important.

ICD10monitor is an online news source created by Panacea Healthcare Solutions of Shrewsbury, N.J., to help healthcare providers make informed decisions as they move from ICD-9 to ICD-10, a process mandated by Congress under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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