I think one of the things being overlooked here is the fact that ICD-9 will no longer be valid. You will only be using ICD-9 on past claims once we reach the date Oct 1, 2013 (? or 2014), I can't remember the exact date. But, as of that date ICD-10 will be what's used. So, you won't be "specializing" in ICD-10, you will be a certified coder as we who have gone before have certified. When the new one's test after that date, it will be for a CPC or a specialty cert, but it will be with ICD-10 not ICD-9.
So, if you put it in that perspective, I really have to agree we need to re-test to show we are knowledgeable enough to continue our current/future jobs. It is also open book, done on a computer, you can use whatever resources you have at your disposal, AND you have up to 3 1/2 years to study before you have to have passsed the test. You can take it as many times as needed ($60 every 2 tests). I really don't see the problem here.
I have read many posts on here that there are coders out there that do not know their jobs now, so can you imagine how many will be out there who do not know ICD-10 if we were grandfathered?? It boggles the mind. This is just my opinion!
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