by Carl Natale
Posted on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 - 09:04 am
There are a couple ICD-10 training strategies being debated. One says advocates starting now, and the other suggests waiting until 2014 so the new knowledge is fresh on Oct. 1, 2014.
Kathy DeVault, manager of professional practice resources at AHIMA, suggests starting now by learning a chapter in the ICD-10 code book each month. That's 21 chapters in 21 months.
[ICD10 Watch poll: When are you going to start learning ICD-10 codes?]
I'm with DeVault on this. And I suggest kicking it up a notch with weekly ICD-101 doses:
- There's Even a Code for One of My New Year's Resolutions! (Y93.E9): So there's a code for getting organized - "Y93.E9, Activity, other interior property and clothing maintenance" (Coder Coach: Code for the Day)
- Coding for Cognitive Disorders: It is encouraged to document the causes and effects of dementia. (For The Record)
- ICD-10-CM contracts the flu: There are 21 ICD-10-CM codes in several subcategories for influenza. (ICD-10 Trainer)
- Differences from I-9 to I-10: Afib/Aflutter: There are two ICD-9 codes for atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter, but the ICD-10 code set expands the choices.. (IOD Blog)
- A blizzard of ICD-10-CM injury codes: You can code more than hypothermia and frostbite in a snowstorm. (ICD-10 Trainer)
This is a weekly feature that I use to highlight practical tips on how to use and understand ICD-10-CM/PCS codes. Please let me know of any other sources that I can include.