January 11, 2012
Resources available for coders and other professionals to prepare for the expected October 2013 transition
As the healthcare industry plans for the Oct. 1, 2013, implementation of the ICD-10-CM/PCS code sets, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is beginning their launch of new online courses to provide coders and other healthcare professionals the training they need to manage this important transition. AHIMA also announced the introduction of a Training Pathways Guide that offers practical recommendations to users on the training curriculum ideally suited for their specific healthcare settings and roles.
AHIMA's ICD-10 online training courses provide health information management (HIM) professionals with flexible training options for in-depth training of coders and other healthcare professionals in the acute care setting, as well as specialty settings such as home health, long-term care and physician practice. Modular, convenient and self-paced, AHIMA's courses address coding for the full range of individual chapters in ICD-10 CM and the root operations in ICD-10 PCS. The modules also address essential introductory material needed to understand ICD-10 CM/PCS. Awareness, implementation preparation and foundational training modules will also be offered for other healthcare professionals involved in the ICD-10 conversion.
The new online program provides an alternative choice to AHIMA's popular instructor-led ICD-10 Training Academies, reflecting the organization's goal to provide quality education in a variety of methods to match the different cost, time, and learning-style needs of coders.
"To facilitate a successful ICD-10 transition, a solid foundation needs to be set now, and AHIMA has been the industry's leading authority on ICD-10 preparedness for the last 10 years," said Lynne Thomas Gordon, CEO for AHIMA. "Our new online training products continue that leadership and join our comprehensive and growing portfolio of offerings designed to help all healthcare organizations successfully navigate the transformation ICD-10 will bring."
AHIMA's Online Training Pathways responds to member and customer requests for guidance in determining best selection, relevance, and sequence of courses to optimize learning. Professionals can individualize their training to make it the most efficient and useful to them in their particular role or setting.
For more information, visit http://ahima.org/icd10training/.
Representing more than 63,000 specially educated Health Information Management professionals in the United States and around the world, the American Health Information Management Association is committed to promoting and advocating for high quality research, best practices and effective standards in health information and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. For more information, visit www.ahima.org.