What Healthcare Workers Need To Know About ICD 10 Training

Jeremy P. Stanfords
January 9, 2013 — 1,099 views  
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The transition to the International Classification for Diseases (ICD) version 10 requires everyone who uses the codes to learn about the new standard. There is sometimes a misconception about the conversion. The newest edition includes thousands of new codes and a different set of concepts that need to be understood. It is not just an expansion on the existing system but is a completely different way of coding that will take time to learn fully. The only way to prepare for the transition is to take some form of ICD 10 training that covers the areas that are essential for a particular healthcare role.

Who Requires Training

A large number of people within the healthcare industry will need to take ICD 10 training in order to work with the new systems. The main indication that a class needs to be taken is if an individual currently uses some aspect of the ICD 9. The ninth version of the standard will be completely phased out after the transition date and cannot be used to record new information. Medical coders and billing specialists will require the most comprehensive education. Anyone from a receptionist to an administrator working in a health information management (HIM) position will also need to be trained. Even people who maintain the integrity of electronic health data must learn the updated codes.

What To Learn

All ICD 10 training classes will teach participants about the new concepts within the standard. This includes the adjusted formatting of a code, the idea of laterality and the extended use of combination codes. The updated classifications are divided into procedural and diagnosis sections just like the previous version. All professionals will need to learn the diagnosis codes while only individuals who are working with inpatient records will need to learn the procedural coding system. Some software vendors might also provide classes to teach employees how to work with the latest applications before the implementation date.

How To Apply New Knowledge

Everyone who completes ICD 10 training will need to find an outlet to apply the information that was learned. This is sometimes provided by the trainer or an employer. It is necessary to practice and to continue becoming familiar with the system until the transition has been completed. This could be done with books and written exercises. It could also be done through training programs that allow coders to practice entering, reading or otherwise dealing with the new classifications. Practicing is sometimes difficult because the ICD 10 codes will not be accepted within the United States until after the designated transition date.


Jeremy P. Stanfords