How to start ICD-10 training for medical practices
Training begins ASAP. There won't be time to forget ICD-10 codes.
Review common codes
Not every physician needs every diagnosis — especially in specialty medical practices. Focus on the diagnosis codes you will most likely need. For example, the Road to 10 site suggests the following diagnoses for family practices:
- Diabetes Mellitus w/o Complications Type 2 (ICD-9-CM 250.00)
- General Medical Examination (ICD-9-CM V70.0)
- Headache (ICD-9-CM 784.0)
- Hypertension (ICD-9-CM 401.9)
- Pain in Joint (ICD-9-CM 719.40 to 719.49 range)
- Pain in Limb (ICD-9-CM 729.5)
- Other Forms Of Heart Disease (ICD-9-CM 427.31)
- Urinary Tract Infection, Cystitis (ICD-9-CM 595.0 to 595.4 range, 595.81, 595.82, 595.89, 595.9, 599.0)
Of course your mileage may vary. It's worth finding the most common diagnoses and the ones that are worth the most money to the medical practice. Learn those ICD-10 codes and practice them.
Plan training and education initiatives.
Assess needed training and education
- ICD-10 coding
- Medical terminology
Pick best training options
- Formal classroom sessions
- In-house sessions
- Remote, online sessions
Identify which staff members will need what training. ICD-10 code training will be taught to:
- Medical coders: In addition to learning theICD-10-CM/PCS code set, they will need anatomy and physiology refreshers. They can become in-house trainers who can help train co-workers
- Non-coding staff members: They may need to know about requirements and structure of ICD-10 code sets
- Coding champion: Coding champion: Recruit a staff member who can educate and create awareness among the non-coding staff. They can also help others understand what vendors are selling
- Arrange sessions for staff
- Spread training so coding shifts covered
- Plan training slots for yet-to-be hired personnel
- Investigate training vendors
The Road to 10 has a comprehensive collection of links to resources that can help healthcare providers learn more about the ICD-10 transition.