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Understand how learning styles can affect ICD-10 training

HIM-HIPAA Insider, November 22, 2011

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As hospitals begin to develop more intensive training programs in preparation for ICD-10, coordinators may want to consider how different learning styles will impact the effectiveness of these training sessions. Education has to work for everyone and one size does not always fit all.

If two coders have different learning styles, they may leave the training sessions with different ideas of what they need to do in the future. But, as Victoria Weinert, RHIT, CCS, of TORIONIT Coding Education Services, said at the AHIMA annual convention in Salt Lake City October 2, "You don't want a rogue coder. Everyone has to be doing the same thing."

Weinert discussed the wide variety of learning styles as presented by, a website dedicated to understanding the differences in learning styles and how teaching can be adapted to suit those needs:

  • Naturalistic learner: This person is interested in how things work and tends to apply scientific reasoning when trying to solve a problem.
  • Bodily-kinesthetic learner: This person associates learning with physical activity and relates to problem solving best when done along with a related activity.
  • Musical learner: This person often studies most ¬effectively while listening to music and, by focusing on that music, can call back required information.
  • Interpersonal learner: This person learns best in social settings and finds group work the best way to retain knowledge.
  • Intrapersonal learner: This person prefers working alone in a comfortable and quiet environment.
  • Logical-mathematical learner: This person has the ability to understand complex problems by asking questions and reflecting on the problem-solving process.
  • Visual-spatial learner: This person relates to the world through visual images, resolving setbacks using his or her imagination to picture potential outcomes.
  • Verbal-linguistic learner: This person understands and uses words effectively when presented with a setback. He or she works best when instructions are written or spoken.

Editor’s note: For additional information, access the article in its entirety in the December issue of Medical Records Briefing.

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