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ICD-10 Training FAQ

Below is a list of frequently asked questions about ICD-10 Training offered by AAPC.

What can I do to prepare for ICD-10-CM?

While there will need to be significant education and training for coders, billers, practice managers, physicians, and other health care personnel to fully implement this major code change, no one needs to panic. AAPC has a plan in place to provide accurate and timely assistance to permit you to effectively implement ICD-10 on time. The plan is broken down by year (2012 – 2014), incorporates both implementation training and code set training.

As part of the implementation plan, AAPC has provided its members and those enrolled in our training with an “ICD-10 Implementation Tracker.” This online application tracks and graphically measures the ICD-10 implementation progress of an individual or organization, giving members the ability to easily enter in personal progress with red, yellow and green lights that indicate whether the member is on schedule or not.

Implementation Training vs. Code Set Training

Anyone responsible for a practice’s coding faculty, health information management, and other ICD-10 implementation, must prepare well in advance of learning the ICD-10 code set. Organizing the implementation effort, performing an impact analysis, budgeting, information technology issues, and planning for all that will be affected by ICD-10 should begin no later than 2012. Training on the ICD-10 code set should begin in late 2013 if not 2014.

The five (5) steps to prepare for ICD-10 include:

What do you offer for implementation training and when should our office begin?

Practices, facilities and hospitals should begin preparing for ICD-10 implementation by 2012. AAPC’s ICD-10 Implementation Training teaches all that you will need to know to implement ICD-10 in a practice. This training is currently available as an ICD-10 Implementation Boot Camp or through ICD-10 Implementation On-site Training.

When should I begin comprehensive code-set training?

To ensure the ICD-10 coding education is retained through the October 1, 2015 implementation date, we recommend waiting until at least late 2013 to begin comprehensive ICD-10 coding training.

Will CEU's be given for ICD-10 training?

CEUs will be offered for each of the training steps and will be equal to the total time of the training. For more detail on the CEUs for each training step, please refer to our training roadmap.

Do coders need every training step in the Coder’s Roadmap to ICD-10?

The steps listed on AAPC’s Coder’s Roadmap to ICD-10 are strongly recommended for coder’s preparing for ICD-10. However, some training steps may be skipped with prior experience or knowledge. For example, coders who do not have full responsibility over their offices ICD-10 implementation process may consider skipping Step 1: ICD-10 Implementation Training (assuming the implementation planning and preparation is being handled by others in their organizaiton).

Why should a coder take ICD-10 Anatomy and Pathophysiology training?

Due to the clinical nature of ICD-10-CM it is recommended that those without a very strong understanding of, or experience in anatomy and/or physiology strongly consider a refresher course. AAPC’s ICD-10 Anatomy and Pathophysiology training covers all body systems in 14 modules and helps coders prepare for the advanced specificity and stronger clinical knowledge requirements of ICD-10.

Do I need Specialty ICD-10 Code Set training? I don’t work in a specialty.

Specialty ICD-10 Code Set training is divided into a single multi-specialty training course or twenty (20) specialty-specific trainings. It is recommended for those that want more detailed training for a particular specialty or more advanced multi-specialty training. Specialty code set training is not required to pass the ICD-10 Proficiency Assessment (Step 5).

What is the ICD-10 Proficiency Assessment and is it required?

The ICD-10 Proficiency Assessment is the only step of this roadmap required for all certified AAPC members. You should prepare yourself as you would for other exams or assessments. To ensure employers continue to have confidence in a certified coder’s ability to accurately code the current code sets, AAPC certified members will have two years to pass an open-book, online, unproctored assessment.

It will measure your understanding of ICD-10-CM format and structure, groupings and categories of codes, ICD-10-CM official guidelines, and coding concepts.

  • Required for AAPC certified coders, recommended for all other coders
  • Two (2) years to take and pass the assessment, beginning October 1, 2013 (one year before implementation of ICD-10) and ending December 31, 2015 (one year after implementation)
  • 75 questions, open-book, online, and unproctored
  • Coders will have two (2) attempts at passing for the $60 administration fee
  • ICD-10-CM only (ICD-10-PCS will not be covered in the assessment)
  • No CEUs given