Upcoming AHA, AAPC ICD-10 events

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale

This month will see at least two ICD-10 educational sessions, with an eye toward coders. First, the AHA (American Hospital Association), then the AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders) will put on these events.

The AHA announced its Coding Clinic Audio Conference Series, the next broadcast of which, titled Wait at Your Own Risk: Why ICD-10 Needs to be Your Top Priority, is slated for March 14, 2011, from 2 – 3:45 EDT.

Adrienne Edens, CIO, St. Luke's Health System and Albert Oriol, CIO, Children's Hospital San Diego will discuss how they are coordinating ICD-10 efforts with the HIM and other clinical departments, and Nelly Leon-Chisen, AHA's director of coding and classification will also present.

The speakers will share “a practical understanding of the requirements for ICD-10 planning and impact analysis,” according to the AHA. That will include tips on organizing implementation teams, planning related activities, and positioning ICD-10 within overall health IT strategies, so that participants can “better anticipate challenges that may be encountered and learn strategies for overcoming them.”

[Related: HIMSS11 takeaway: ICD-10, but only the beginning. See also: Understated aspects of ICD-10 for coders.]

Ten days later, the American Academy of Professional Coders' (AAPC) northeast regional director for physician services, Kim Reid, will outline in a Navicure-sponsored webinar the distinctions between HIPAA 5010 and ICD-10, potential challenges healthcare organizations should be prepared to overcome, key steps in each transaction, as well as source requirements and resources.

Participants can earn 1.0 CEU credit from the AAPC. The webinar, ICD-10 and HIPAA 5010: Understanding the Challenges at Hand, is scheduled for Thursday, March 24, at 1 p.m. EDT. Registration is free.

Registration for the AHA call, which starts at $195 for a one-site member license, is available on AHA's web site: www.krm.com/ahacentraloffice.