AAPC and CMS Collaborate on ICD-10 “Code-A-Thon”

AAPC and CMS Collaborate on ICD-10 “Code-A-Thon”

-Three-hour event to shed light on mandatory code set transition-

SALT LAKE CITY—April 12, 2011— AAPC (www.aapc.com) is collaborating with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to plan and conduct an AAPC-sponsored ICD-10 “Code-A-Thon” webinar on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. The free event is a forum for health care providers and industry professionals to learn about the ICD-10 transition, and to get their ICD-10 coding questions answered by AAPC coding experts.

The event filled up within hours of its initial announcement, but the presentations, recording, and transcript will be available for people to view on the CMS website no later than two weeks after the Code-A-Thon.

Among the key topics:

  • What is ICD-10 and Version 5010 and why are the transitions occurring
  • Examples of complex diagnosis coding situations
  • How AAPC training is preparing the industry for ICD-10 implementation
  • Best practices and ideal plans for health care professionals

The schedule includes 50 minutes of presentations from both CMS and AAPC, followed by a two-hour, live Q-and-A session open to the public.

“AAPC knows that ‘ICD-10 will Change Everything’ and will change the way coders conduct their daily business.  AAPC wants to get the word out about the transition to ICD-10,”said Deborah Grider, president and CEO for AAPC. “We feel very fortunate to work with CMS on this special event to get those difficult and confusing questions about ICD-10 out in the open. We don’t need to fear ICD-10, but we do need to prepare for it and this is a great start to that preparation.”

“The transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes requires both business and system changes throughout the health care industry. Therefore, it is important for providers, payers, and vendors to start preparing now,” stated Denise Buenning, Director, Administrative Simplification Group, at the CMS Office of E-Health Standards and Services. “The ICD-10 Code-A-Thon is an opportunity for individuals to learn about the transition, and the resources available from both AAPC and CMS so they can kick start their ICD-10 implementation efforts.”

On January 16, 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule mandating that all entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) must implement ICD-10 for medical coding on October 1, 2013. CMS is the agency within HHS that is charged with implementing the ICD-10 regulation.

The event will be recorded and all the questions and answers from the Code-A-Thon into an FAQ resource for the CMS website: www.cms.gov.

For further information about ICD-10 implementation, please visit the AAPC ICD-10 site at http://www.aapc.com/ICD-10/resources.aspx/.


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11 Responses to “AAPC and CMS Collaborate on ICD-10 “Code-A-Thon””

  1. Genevieve Gonzalez says:

    Cant seem to find on the CMS website would like to join the Code-a-Thon how do I get connected have been trying since the conference to register.HELP

  2. Carolyn Dorothy says:

    The Code-a-Thon filled up within a few hours of the announcement but the presentation, webinar, and recording will be available on the CMS Website 2 weeks after the April 26th Webinar.

  3. Trudy Haws says:

    Will the 2 CEU’s be available for those who didn’t get registered and will have to watch the presentation later?

  4. Nona E. Williams says:

    I am a student working towards my associate degree in Medical Insurance Billing and Coding. Iam finding that there is alot to to learn and different careers to branch off into. I feel when I do graduate and start working I will enjoy my job. Please give me some more sites to checkout about the career field and so I can keep up to date on the new procedures. I am thanking you inadvance for providing the information I asked for. I would appreciate any information that I can get. Nona Williams

  5. e hymel says:

    The last AAPC conference I went to gave erroneous ICD 9 information. Credibility is a concern.

  6. Ken Camilleis says:

    I missed the signup, but I will watch for the posting on CMS on May 10 or shortly thereafter.

  7. jason@icd10data.com says:

    Anyone know where on the cms site the presentation will be made available? I really wish the registration window was more than a ‘couple of hours’

  8. Martha Tucker says:

    I can’t believe I registered for the code-a-thon and didn’t get my call in number. NO ONE at CMS knows anything and everyone at AAPC refers to CMS. Does ANYONE have the call in number or a way to get information??? SO FRUSTRATED!!!!

  9. Melanie says:

    I attended this Teleconference but I was wanting to get more information and it states above: “The event will be recorded and all the questions and answers from the Code-A-Thon into an FAQ resource for the CMS website: http://www.cms.gov.” but when I go to CMS website I can’t find anything that referes to this even from the Code-A-Thon on 4/12/11. Please help…

  10. Julie says:

    I am trying to locate the presentation/transcript on CMS website, with no luck. Is it still available?

  11. Ron McKenzie says:

    Per an email msg I received from Josh Brendt, AAPC Public Relations Specialist, the files from the ICD-10 Code-A-Thon can be accessed on the CMS website at: https://www.cms.gov/ICD10/02b_Latest_News.asp.



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