National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) Testimony by Rhonda Buckholtz
Recently, AAPC’s vice president of ICD-10 training and education Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I gave her testimony on ICD-10 to the NCVHS. She highlighted AAPC’s ongoing emphasis on ICD-10 education prior to the 2013 implementation date. She explains AAPC has conducted a number of audits that are showing providers of the depth and detail of ICD-10 and exactly what they will need to do to make sure productivity and revenue is not lost. As a key highlight to the increased specificity of ICD-10, AAPC encourages providers to brush up on anatomy and pathophysiology training “not because the body systems or the anatomy are changing, but because ICD-10 code sets have a higher level of clinical specificity,” she adds.
She also discussed AAPC’s commitment to getting the proper ICD-10 education in front of everyone who might be affected by the change and highlighted AAPC’s in-person training efforts to a number of local chapters and free webinars. Additionally, she highlighted the need for the implementation date to not be changed or pushed back, “I guarantee you that (if the date is pushed back further that) we will continue to put ICD-10 on the back burner,” concluded Buckholtz.
Read the full testimony here.