Put ICD-10 to Work for Your Chapter
Your chapter can be a fast-track ticket to ICD-10 education.
by Susan Ward, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CEMC, CPCD, CPRC
ICD-10 implementation is less than a year away, and AAPC local chapters are gearing up to help members prepare for this monumental change in diagnosis coding. If your chapter is slow to leave the station, here are some ways to get that engine running.
Map Out an Education Plan
With so many curriculum options offered by AAPC, you might not know where to start. To navigate through the education process more easily, use the “Coder’s Roadmap to ICD-10” curriculum plan, available on the AAPC website. The timeline shows you the various steps you’ll need to take before you can comprehensively use ICD-10-CM codes beginning Oct. 1, 2014.
Bring Anatomy and Pathophysiology
(A&P) to Your Chapter
A&P is Step 2 in your training process. If your chapter hasn’t started reviewing anatomy and terminology in your meetings, suggest it. You might even take the lead and find creative ways to present these topics to your chapter. This is a great way to learn along with other members.
Get Together for ICD-10 Game Night
Code set training is Step 3. If your chapter hasn’t already tackled this, it’s time for you to get the ball rolling. Take the initiative to start a study group with other chapter members. Games like ICD-10 “Coding Jeopardy” or “Wheel of Coding” are fun ways to learn. If you have an officer in your group, he or she has access to some of these games on the “Officer’s Resource” tab on his or her AAPC membership page. I’m sure once you become an ICD-10 game expert, you’ll want to share the fun at a chapter meeting.
Host an ICD-10 Workshop
An ICD-10 workshop presented by an AAPC trained expert is a benefit only offered to chapter members, and is a very cost effective way to receive excellent training. Volunteer to help organize the event, if necessary. If you reach out and network with friends in nearby chapters, they may want to join in. Together, your officers and theirs can make a successful path to learning. Two-day training can be held for 50 members starting at about $180 per person. Volunteering to help your chapter organize a workshop will also sharpen your leadership skills.
Look to Professional Coding Instructors
If you aren’t comfortable with presenting, find an AAPC Certified Professional Coder-Professional Medical Coding Instructor (CPC-I®) in your chapter. Many instructors have taken AAPC’s ICD-10 Code Set Training course to become expert ICD-10 trainers and would probably be happy to present at a chapter workshop or other training genre.
Jump on Board
There is a lot to learn to be prepared for ICD-10 and the clock is ticking. Every day that passes is an opportunity missed for essential ICD-10 training. There are lots of ways you can learn in your chapter. Find one that works for you and get on board the ICD-10 express.
Susan Ward, CPC, CPC-H, CPC-I, CEMC, CPCD, CPRC, is coding and billing manager for Travis C. Holcombe, MD. She has 20 years of coding and billing experience, is an AAPC workshop presenter and AAPC ICD-10 trainer, and served on the AAPC National Advisory Board from 2007-2009. She was the 2012 president of the West Valley Glendale chapter, and has held offices with the Phoenix chapter. She is also a member of the 2012-2013 AAPCCA board of directors, region 8-West.