ICD-10 Keeps You in High Demand

Need another reason to start ICD-10 training? Here are many:

The closer the Oct. 1, 2013 deadline gets, the more difficult it will be to find workers with ICD-10 expertise. Experts will already have been put to good use. The more ICD-10 training and expertise you have, the more in demand you’ll become. And, if you can put the new code set into daily practice, you’ll be a hot commodity in the health care industry.

ICD-10 will create new jobs for health care IT professionals who can implement the mandated code set and for coders who can quickly transition to ICD-10-CM and keep up with the constant volume of claims.

Jim Gibson, principal of Gibson Consultants, an executive search firm specializing in health care, said that ICD-10 “creates a new type of talent, this expertise didn’t exist shortly ago. It’s supply and demand, and I don’t think the supply will keep up with the demand.”

The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) pointed out that with ICD-10, there’s a “knowledge deficit in several key areas,” including:

  • Its impact on business operations, training, and education during the complex transition.
  • Knowing how and when to use the general equivalence mappings (GEMs) for ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM/PCS.
  • Fulfilling the need for an official, adopted, and mandated crosswalk between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 code sets.

There are no hard and fast solutions for ICD-10 implementation. It’s best to start training now to help you and your practice capitalize on your ICD-10 knowledge. For comprehensive ICD-10 training you can find, go to the AAPC website.

Read the Healthcare IT News story “ICD-10: Putting More Americans Back to Work,” Part 1 and Part 2 to see how getting trained on ICD-10-CM will keep you in high demand.


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2 Responses to “ICD-10 Keeps You in High Demand”

  1. Jane Ellis says:

    As a someone who is new to the field and just beginning to learn coding I am concerned that there are not knowledgable instructors in the new ICD-10. Can anyone direct me to a institution that is fluent in this new coding style? Thank you Jane Ellis

  2. Carol Wilson says:

    I completed my courses at San Antonio, Tx this month. Medical Coding,Billing & Information systems and Medical Assistant. All of these courses were excellent. I did my National tese for CPC on Saturday last and anticipate a good grade with both fingers crossed. I had excellent teachers, Mrs. Rio’s for the ICD 9’s and 10’s and Mr Jorge Lopez, an exceptional Head Coordinator for Continuing Education at SACC near downtown and Professor of two of my classes. The Medical Assistant is an accumulation of all my classes, plus Medisoft, a really up to date course which taught client records, preparation,HIPPA, transactions as well as Patient Appointments and Doctors Breaks. I highly recommend these courses at San Antonio Community College on San Pedro Ave. at San Antonio, Tx.

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