ICD-10 Implementation Strategies

We will be sharing a number of strategies to help your practice successfully implement ICD-10-CM. Please remember to track your progress in your ICD-10 Implementation Tracker on AAPC’s website.

Education

As we move closer to our Oct. 1 live date, more and more places are thinking about education: physician and provider education, coder education, biller education, other staff education. There is a lot to be done in the next six months. Take advantage of opportunities when they arise.

We just finished a great national conference in Las Vegas with ICD-10 pre-conference classes and breakout sessions. There are two regional conferences later this year (Dallas in August and Chicago in September) that will also feature ICD-10 education. The upcoming national workshop in May is on teaching ICD-10 documentation to your doctor. Look to your local chapters for meetings on ICD-10, local chapter boot camps, or local chapter advanced ICD-10 one day workshops for education at a great price. CMS’ website is also a source of great information on ICD-10 with PowerPoint presentations, videos, and the Road to 10 resource. If you look around, there are many opportunities for education at reasonable prices, some even free of charge.

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Brad Ericson

Brad Ericson

Publisher at AAPC
Brad Ericson, MPC, CPC, COSC, has been publisher for more than nine years. Before AAPC he was at Optum for 13 years and at Aetna Health Plans before that. He has been writing and publishing about healthcare since 1979. He received his Bachelor's in Journalism from Idaho State University and his Master's of Professional Communication degree from Westminster College of Salt Lake City.
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Brad Ericson, MPC, CPC, COSC, has been publisher for more than nine years. Before AAPC he was at Optum for 13 years and at Aetna Health Plans before that. He has been writing and publishing about healthcare since 1979. He received his Bachelor's in Journalism from Idaho State University and his Master's of Professional Communication degree from Westminster College of Salt Lake City.

2 Responses to “ICD-10 Implementation Strategies”

  1. Toni says:

    Mr. Ericson, I am a student expecting to graduate May 20, this year. I will be sitting for the CPC exam on May 23rd. I am bombarded with email about implementation of the ICD-10 and how I must prepare for these new code sets but I do not see or understand all the hype. I have a copy of the draft and have gone through it and made comparisons. I don’t get it. It seems to me the ICD-10 is a revision and is more detailed in its descriptors and this is a plus. Only real change is the alphanumerics preceding the headings/ subheadings. What am I missing here? Why do people make this new manual seem like a monster? Just curious.

  2. Brad Ericson says:

    Well, Toni – You’re mighty correct about it being blown out of proportion. Americans don’t like change normally, but this has been dragged out for business, political, and territorial reasons. It’s a new set that is elegant and complete, and I believe it’s going to be easier to implement than we thought.

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