The International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) has been used in the United States for over 30 years and is extremely limited in the level of specificity it can provide in clinical diagnoses within health care. On October 1, 2015, ICD-10 coding will allow for a greater level of detail with its seven (7) alphanumeric characters instead of the 5-digit ICD-9 code set. This massive overhaul of the national coding system, going from roughly 17,000 codes to about 140,000, will be the most significant change to health care in decades. For medical coders and billers, stronger clinical knowledge and a much greater understanding of anatomy and pathophysiology will be required as well as a strong comprehension of the ICD-10 coding.
As quoted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Robert E. Nolan Company performed a study on challenges of ICD-10 implementation and estimated that each full time coder will need up to 40 hours of ICD-10 training. Physicians and other clinicians will need additional training, ranging between 12 and 80 hours each. As part of our full ICD-10 training plan, we offer general code set training, specialty code set training, and an ICD-10 proficiency assessment.
Note: To ensure the education is retained through the October 1, 2015 implementation date, we recommend waiting until at least late 2013 to begin steps 3 and 4 of this training plan for those with responsibility over their practice or facility's ICD-10 coding.
ICD-10 Coding Resources