Below is a list of frequently asked questions about ICD-10 Training:
What can I do to prepare for ICD-10-CM?
What is Implementation Training vs. Code Set Training?
What do you offer for implementation training and when should our office begin?
When should I begin comprehensive code-set training?
Will CEU’s be given for ICD-10 training?
Do coders need every training step in the Coder’s Roadmap to ICD-10?
Why should a coder take ICD-10 Anatomy and Pathophysiology training?
Do I need Specialty ICD-10 Code Set training? I don’t work in a specialty.
What is the ICD-10 Proficiency Assessment and is it required?
While there will need to be significant education and training for coders, billers, practice managers, physicians, and other health care personnel to fully implement this major code change, no one needs to panic. Quest has a plan in place to provide accurate and timely assistance to permit you to effectively implement ICD-10 on time. The plan is broken down by year (2011 – 2013), incorporates both implementation training and code set training, and is delivered either live or online.
As part of the implementation plan, Quest has provided its members and those enrolled in our training with an “Implementation Tracker.” This online application tracks and graphically measures the ICD-10 implementation progress of an individual or organization, giving members the ability to easily enter in personal progress with red, yellow and green lights that indicate whether the member is on schedule or not.
Anyone responsible for a practice’s coding faculty, health information management, and other ICD-10 implementation, must prepare well in advance of code set training. The ICD-10 training plan suggests implantation training is the first of five steps in ICD-10 preparation.
The steps include:
- ICD-10-CM Implementation Training
- ICD-10-CM Anatomy and Pathophysiology
- ICD-10-CM Code Set Training (Phase one)
- ICD-10-CM Specialty Code Set Training (Phase two)
- ICD-10-CM Proficiency Assessment
Practices, facilities and hospitals should begin preparing for ICD-10 implementation now. Quest’s ICD-10 Implementation Training teaches all that you will need to know to implement ICD-10 in a practice. This training is currently available as an ICD-10 Implementation Boot Camp or ICD-10 Implementation On-site Training.
To ensure the ICD-10 coding education is retained through the October 1, 2013 implementation date, we recommend waiting until at least late 2012 to begin comprehensive ICD-10 coding training.
CEUs will be offered for each of the training steps and will be equal to the total time of the training. For more detail on the CEUs for each training step, please refer to our training roadmap.
The steps listed on Quest’s Coder’s Roadmap to ICD-10 are strongly recommended for coder’s preparing for ICD-10. However, some training steps may be skipped with prior experience or knowledge. For example, coders who do not wish to learn the implementation process of ICD-10 may want to skip Step 1: ICD-10 Implementation Training.
Due to the clinical nature of ICD-10-CM it is recommended that those without a very strong understanding of, or experience in anatomy and/or physiology strongly consider a refresher course. Quest’s ICD-10 Anatomy and Pathophysiology training covers all body systems in 14 modules and helps coders prepare for the advanced specificity and stronger clinical knowledge requirements of ICD-10.
Specialty ICD-10 Code Set training is divided into a single multi-specialty training course or twenty (20) specialty-specific trainings. It is recommended for those that want more detailed training for a particular specialty or more advanced multi-specialty training. Specialty code set training is not required to pass the ICD-10 Proficiency Assessment (Step 5).
The ICD-10 Proficiency Assessment is a step required only by certified AAPC members. for those looking to be AAPC certified, you should prepare yourself as you would for other exams or assessments. To ensure employers continue to have confidence in a certified coder’s ability to accurately code the current code sets, AAPC certified members will have two years to pass an open-book, online, unproctored assessment.
It will measure your understanding of ICD-10-CM format and structure, groupings and categories of codes, ICD-10-CM official guidelines, and coding concepts.
- Required for AAPC certified coders, recommended for all other coders
- Two (2) years to take and pass the assessment, beginning October 1, 2012 (one year before implementation of ICD-10) and ending September 30, 2014 (one year after implementation)
- 75 questions, open-book, online, and unproctored
- Coders will have two (2) attempts at passing for the $60 administration fee
- ICD-10-CM only (ICD-10-PCS will not be covered in the assessment)
- No CEUs given