ICD-10: Dual Coding

ICD-10:  Dual Coding

Our members tell us that one of the best ways to prepare for the coming of ICD-10, after they have been trained on the code set, is dual coding. Each practice must see how to best work it into their current schedules, so as to not take a big productivity hit.
Some practices have decided to have different staff members each day perform dual coding. This allows all others to continue coding in ICD-9, so there is less disruption to the flow of claims.
Some have decided that once a week, all staff members will dual code for a day. This causes a little more of a disruption, but allows the coders to converse with one another and talk about what they are seeing.
Still others have decided to have the staff dual code for different hours of the day.
Whichever way the practice decides to go, the important thing is to ensure that the staff is comfortable with the new code set. Just like when the coders were new to the profession, the only way to get better is to practice.


Rhonda Buckholtz

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Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CRC, CDEO, CMPE, CHC, COPC, AAPC Approved Instructor, is owner of Coding and Reimbursement Experts. She spends her time helping physician practices achieve operational excellence, compliance, education, and Lean Six Sigma through her consulting. Buckholtz has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare management, compliance, and reimbursement/coding sectors. She was responsible for all ICD-10 training and curriculum at AAPC during the transition from ICD-9. Buckholtz has authored numerous articles for healthcare publications and she has spoken at numerous national conferences for AAPC and others. She is past co-chair for the WEDI ICD-10 Implementation Workgroup, Advanced Payment Models Workgroup, and she provided testimony for ICD-10 and standardization of data for National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics. Buckholtz is on AAPC’s National Advisory Board.

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