BC Advantage: The Importance of Anatomy and Pathophysiology on the Road to ICD-10-CM

Because so many professionals are anxiously awaiting the beginning of ICD-10 in 2013 we often can jump the guy on things like code set training. Betty Hovey-Johnson, CPC, CPC-I, CPMA, CCS-P, CPC-H, CPCD is one of AAPC’s top ICD-10 trainers and an AAPC Physician Services regional director and she suggests that while we wait for code set training and the like, if we brush up on anatomy and pathophysiology, we will better served in 2013.

“Basically, anatomy is the study of form and pathophysiology is the study of function.  Having a good understanding of these will be most helpful in learning ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS,” stated Hovey-Johnson in a recent issue of BC Advantage. “There are many avenues that can help you get where you need to be for ICD-10.  If you are pretty confident in you’re A&P abilities, then maybe you can pick up one of the A&P coloring books, or a medical terminology book, or A&P book from a book store.  If you need a little more help, many local colleges offer A&P classes wither during the day or as a night class.”

Read the full article here.

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