There have been much advancement in the healthcare sector and the latest one is the introduction of ICD 10 codes. Now, ICD 10 implementation is not an easy task, mainly because it requires training. However, the medical billing program of some of the firms has come up with training in ICD 10 codes.
One of the major firms in the medical billing and coding training industry says that it has devised a new medical billing training program, which includes training for both ICD 9 and ICD 10 codes. With these programs, students will be able to code with ICD 10 when they complete graduation and will also be ready for the transition to ICD 10, which would be implemented throughout the country by October 1, 2015.
The CEO of the firms says, “The medical coding and billing industry is in need of well trained new professionals given that the shortage of trained and certified coders is expected to exceed over 50 percent as the industry transitions to the ICD-10 code set.” He further adds, “The prior delay of the ICD-10 implementation date complicates training decisions for new students as they have to predict what the state of the industry will be when they graduate. We have removed that headache and concern for our students with our new Professional Medical Coding and Billing ICD-9/10 program. We will train our students on both code sets to ensure their career readiness regardless of when ICD-10 is implemented.”
Many students are currently undergoing training in ICD 10 codes and medical billing. With the deadline set for ICD 10 implementation on October 1, 2015, we might soon see many more organizations coming up with training programs on ICD 10.
The vice president of the institute says, “We want to ensure our students are as prepared as possible for their new careers, and in the case of medical coding and billing, this requires knowledge of both the ICD-9 and ICD-10 code sets. This new program is our premier medical coding and billing offering, and we have included everything these students need in one comprehensive program. Upon graduation, our students will have the flexibility to earn industry certifications and start working with ICD-9 while still being prepared for the eventual transition to ICD-10.”
The medical billing and coding curriculum was prepared by various industry experts and American Health Information Management Association. Some of the institutes offer both online training and classroom programs for students.