Health Information Management

Tip: Continuing ICD-10 training for coders and physicians

APCs Insider, June 20, 2014

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Providers should continue educating coders and physicians to avoid the problems that were faced with previous ICD-10 delays. Coding departments should continue to listen to webinars, practice coding on live records, and read ICD-10-related materials to keep the code set fresh in their minds.
Providers can also refine their physician education to keep providers engaged until implementation by keeping it simple.
Providers should share specialty specific articles with physicians and continue documentation assessments to indicate progress toward ICD-10. Consider concentrating on the clinical concepts necessary to meet the granularity of ICD-10-CM, including:
  • Risk
  • Severity
  • Complications
  • Episodes of care
  • Temporal parameters
  • Causal/contributing factors
  • Laterality
  • Anatomic location
The education can be personalized to each specialty group, or to individual physicians or providers. The more you can customize the education you are giving, the better it will be received.
 
This tip is adapted from “Congress forces providers to adapt after unanticipated ICD-10 delay” in the June issue of Briefings on APCs.



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