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Icd 10 boot camps

  1. #1
    Bay City, Michigan
    Question Icd 10 boot camps
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    Can anyone tell me if it is/was beneficial for them to attend the boot camps that are being offered through AAPC? One of our Doctors is looking at going with me and taking another clinical staff as well.

    Thanks in advance for any information.

  2. #2
    Upper Saddle River, NJ
    I attended Day 1 of the 2-day bootcamp. It entailed going over the ICD-10 guidelines and working on examples for each section. Very long day !

    Don't know about Day 2.


  3. #3
    I attended and it was enlighting. It should be very helpful for a doctor to see the world of coding !

  4. #4
    Just got back from the bootcamp in Jackson, MS. Attended both days. I thought it was extremely helpful/informative! I would definitely recommend it.
    Laura Davis, CPC, CPC-P
    Claims Manager, Select Administrative Services
    (Previously: 2013 Treasurer, 2012 Education, 2011 President Elect of Biloxi, MS Chapter)

  5. #5
    Bay City, Michigan
    Thank you for the feedback on the boot camp. Myself and 1 doctor are going to go in should be informative for him, because he has never been to a coding seminar/workshop before

  6. #6
    Dover Seacoast New Hampshire
    Although I attended both days of the ICD-10 bootcamp, it's really only helpful to attend right now, if you are going to be involved in your practice's conversion.
    Then you can determine your go-forward plan for physician/staff training, IS needs, payer issues, etc.

    As far as training for staff coders--wait. The draft is still a draft, and learning it now without putting it into immediate practice would be a waste of your time. You can certainly purchase the draft....the instructions are in the front as is ICD-9, and it's not all that confusing. But formal training isn't required until late 2012 unless you're going to be part of the team who organizes the conversion.

    I've been doing documentation analysis for ICD-9 to ICD-10, and in just doing that have learned a great deal about how the codes work. I am not going to train my staff coders until late 2012 or early 2013. We aren't training physicians until right before the switch....they'll just forget. We are encouraging them to be more specific in their documentation (which is why I'm doing the audits) to support the more detailed ICD-10 codes.

    2011 is a year of analysis and planning. The training is for later, in my opinion.
    Pam Brooks, MHA, COC, PCS, CPC, AAPC Fellow
    Coding Manager
    Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
    Dover, NH 03820

    If you can dream it, you can do it. Walt Disney

  7. #7
    Bay City, Michigan
    Thank you Pam for the information. I am attending a two day boot camp in Grand Rapids, MI this week, my doctor who is a part of the conversion team is unable to go, but it sounds as though we will receive good tools to use and get organized for 2012.


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    So how soon is too soon to go to a boot camp for instance? I am thinking to attend the 2-day in SF in December this year. I will get tuition reimbursement for it, so money is not an issue. I am right now brushing up on A&P and pathophysiology. With so many seminars and workshops, which is the best one?

  9. #9
    I have worked with ICD-10 for 3 yrs in South Africa, that's where I learned my coding from1996-1999, when we immigrated to the USA. So, for me it was dejavu - I couldn't wait to do a bootcamp, which I did a year ago. While I was able to satisfy my curiosity, I thought it was very boring to do the general bootcamp. I would have loved to do a specialty bootcamp. Although the bootcamp was very good and well organised, I had no interest in codes that I was not going to use. My recommendation is to do the bootcamp so you can see what it is about, especially if you are a manager/supervisor, you need to do that a.s.a.p. Knowledge is power! If you are just a regular coder, serious training can wait for much later. Managers/supervisors need to stay on top of their game to make sure their offices/systems are going to be compliant. Doctor's training need to intensify, because we are going to need a lot more detailed info from them! Good luck to everyone!

  10. #10
    I am thinking I will wait until next year for bootcamp, learn it too early and it won't digest.
    You don't use it, you lose it. Just going to brush up on A&P and pathophysiology for now and CME has good downloads to study anyway.

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