ICD-10 Training: A Big Commitment

Training is one of the biggest expenses and time commitments in your ICD-10 preparation.

Virtually everyone in your practice who is impacted by a diagnosis code needs some ICD-10 training. Some only need to recognize the structural differences between the new coding system and ICD-9; others need hands-on instruction and practice.

Staff members who do order entry and preauthorizations, for example, need mostly awareness training, says Denny Flint of Complete Practice Resources in a video interview with Peggy Pringle, TMA vice president for practice management services.

Mr. Flint estimates physicians and nonphysician practitioners will need eight to 10 hours of training focused on the documentation to support ICD-10 codes applicable to their practice. Coders will require 40-60 hours of more intense training to learn the new codes, along with anatomy and physiology, he says. Billers also may need to learn some anatomy and physiology.

In addition, practices should expect to have to train their software vendors — not about ICD-10 codes specifically but about how you need their updated software to work for you. Physician and staff training will help bring these needs into focus.

TMA Can Help

Throughout September, Mr. Flint will bring TMA’s second ICD-10 seminar, Achieving ICD-10 Implementation Success, to 15 locations across the state. You’ll learn to assess code impact on your practice, conduct chart reviews, talk to vendors and payers, and much more. Register now.

Missed the first seminar? ICD-10 Now! How and Why is now available as an on-demand webinar.

Be sure to bookmark www.texmed.org/ICD10 for news, tools, and education, including Q&A in the ICD-10 Video Vault.

Published Aug. 13, 2013

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