Becker’s ASC Review: 7 Goals for ICD-10 Preparation for the Next Six Months

ICD-10 implementation is a hot topic in all health care circles, including surgury centers around the country. Rhonda Buckholtz, AAPC’s ICD-10 vice president of training and education, recently spoke with Becker’s ASC Review about this topic. She lists seven keys surgery centers can do now to prepare for October 1, 2013.

1. Start anatomy and physiology training for coders. Code set training should not start until 6-9 months before ICD-10 implementation, Ms. Buckholtz says. If training starts earlier than that, coders are likely to forget the information and need additional training, which would cost the center more money. Instead, coders should be focusing on anatomy and physiology training to make sure they can code to the level of specificity required by ICD-10.

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Coders can take external courses in anatomy and physiology or bone up on the subject using an up-to-date textbook. Whichever method you choose, make sure to pay for training to retain coders: Once the ICD-10 implementation date rolls around, coders will be in short supply and you want to build loyalty before then.”

Read all seven tips in the full article here.

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