ICD-10 training tips and provider checklist

CMS recommends the following medical codes training timelines:

  • Provide intensive training no sooner than six to nine months prior to implementation for coders who will not assign ICD-10-CM/PCS codes until compliance date
  • Provide 50 hours training to hospital inpatient coders (ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS)
  • Provide 16 hours training to other coders (ICD-10-CM only)

ICD-10 coding training will be integrated into the continuing education units (CEUs) that certified coders must take to maintain their credentials.

Specialists will want to look for specialty-specific ICD-10 training offered by societies and professional organizations.

ICD-10 resources and training materials will be available through CMS, professional associations and societies, and software and system vendors.

CMS Tips to Prepare for the Transition to ICD-10

  • Understand the impact that ICD-10 will have
  • Establish a transition plan
  • Identify current systems' touch points and work processes that use ICD-9 codes
  • Perform an ICD-10 Gap Analysis
  • Communicate with practice management system vendors about accommodations for ICD-10 codes
  • Discuss implementation plans with all clearinghouses, billing services and payers to facilitate a smooth transition
  • Talk with payers about how ICD-10 implementation might affect provider contracts
  • Identify potential changes to work flow and business processes
  • Assess staff training needs