Now is not exactly the time to begin learning the details of technical coding in ICD-10. Instead of going to conferences where the basics (structure, content and overview) will be covered (again!), coders should be working independently to assess their weaknesses and areas where development is needed. For instance, coders who've not had anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and similar clinical foundations in a number of years should be seeking how to fill those knowledge gaps. You will NOT have time to develop these skills if you wait to address them.
Personally, I do not know that many speakers and consultants have any more insight into ICD-10 than we can gain by sitting down and developing our coding skills in that system now. If you're confident in your clinical basics, look at some of the inexpensive ICD-10 basics workbooks. Consider spending your money and time in locating the most recent version of ICD-10 and over the next year gaining some hands-on experience in ICD-10 coding.
There really is no better lesson than sitting down, reading the guidelines, making notes in the manuals and getting your hands dirty coding in that system.
See what you can get for free and go from there. Implementation will be challenging, but we'll all survive.
Kevin B. Shields, RHIT, CPCO, CCS, CPC, COC, CCS-P, CPC-P, CPC-I