ICD-10 – Did You Know?
Latest Details on ICD-10 Recertification for AHIMA-Certified Professionals
As the transition to ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS grows closer, it is critical that all AHIMA-certified professionals are ready to ready for the change. CCHIIM‘s new recertification policy specific to ICD-10-CM/PCS is an important guide designed to help prepare all AHIMA-certified professionals for whatever changes ICD-10-CM/PCS may bring.
The required ICD-10-CM/PCS continuing education hours determined by CCHIIM are applicable to the specific AHIMA credential(s) held by the individual. Earning these CEUs validates that certified professionals have gained knowledge of the new coding system and are able to integrate this knowledge into their positions. The total number of ICD-10-CM/PCS continuing education units (CEUs) required by AHIMA credential are as follows:
- CHPS – 1
- CHDA – 6
- RHIT – 6
- RHIA – 6
- CCS-P – 12
- CDIP – 12
- CCS – 18
- CCA – 18
The policy was created to reflect the different needs of HIM professionals with regard to ICD-10-CM/PCS. To reap the most benefits from your continuing education hours, AHIMA-certified professionals are encouraged to choose experiences which relate as closely as possible to their job roles.
Examples of educational opportunities to fulfill these requirements include, but are not limited to:
- Business impact and implementation considerations
- Understanding general equivalence mappings
- ICD-10-CM structure, guidelines, and conventions
- Clinical documentation improvement strategies using ICD-10 CM
- Biomedical science coursework such as anatomy and physiology and pathophysiology refresher courses
AHIMA-certified professionals are able to earn ICD-10-CM/PCS specific CEUs during the period of January 1, 2011 thru December 31, 2014. All certificants must complete their ICD-10 CEUs by 2014. Even if you are due to report this year or next year, your ICD-10 CEUs are not due until 2014. You are able to report some or all of the ICD-10 CEUs in your current cycle but are not required to report until the December 31, 2014, deadline.
Have you already earned some or all of your ICD-10 CEUs? You are now able to report CEUs via the online CEU Center in the ICD-10 domain. These CEUs will count toward your ICD-10 recertification requirement. CEUs reported in other domains cannot be counted toward this requirement. Learn more about earning ICD-10 CEUs and specific education and activity recommendations.
AAPC accepts CEUs from AHIMA
AAPC offers CEU-for-CEU credit for all AHIMA audio conferences and workshops. We also honor CEUs from AHIMA for online self assessments. A certificate of attendance or completion is necessary to show participation. One hour of instruction is worth one CEU. AHIMA CEUs are accepted from programs sponsored by AHIMA national offices and the state AHIMA branches.
Don’t Stop Preparing for ICD-10
April 17 ICD10monitor.com posts:
BALTIMORE – On the first day of the 30-day comment period associated with the proposed rule to delay ICD-10 implementation by one year, Denise Buenning of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) told healthcare providers not to stop their implementation plans.
“Do not cut or eliminate your I-10 budgets,” Buenning stressed, speaking before members of the American Health Information Management Association who were meeting in Baltimore today. “Do not terminate contracts or staff, and ‘stay the course.’
Referring to AHIMA members, Buenning said “we” should “think about what we can do with the extra time and reach out to providers and educate them … to a take leadership role.”
The proposed ICD-10 delay rule (CMS-0040-P) was published today in the Federal Register. Based upon comments received so far, Buenning indicated that CMS officials believe a one-year delay reflects the industry’s need for a quick resolution, but also doesn’t penalize “early adopters” and offers a “little more time for those who are behind.”
ICD-10 Critical Pathway for Getting Started – 2012 and Beyond
In a release on February 17, 2012, HIMMS and AHIMA have partnered to provide a Critical Pathway of guidance through the phases of transitioning from ICD-9 to ICD-10 in 2012 and moving forward. This article is an excellent guide for healthcare entities to follow. Click here to learn more.
AHA Publishing Coding Questions
The American Hospital Association (AHA) has announced they will begin publishing some ICD-10-CM/PCS coding questions in the 4th quarter 2012 issue of Coding Clinic. To submit a question, click here to download the form, along with information on where to fax or mail it and all pertinent HIPAA-compliant medical record documentation, to the AHA Central Office. Or, e-mail your questions and documentation directly to Sue Bowman, RHIA, CCS, AHIMA director of coding policy and compliance.
Impact of I10 on Physician Practices
AHIMA recently published an article on the Impact of I10 in it’s Physician Practice Update newsletter.
This article states that “The conversion is much more than a coding upgrade.”
The article also discusses and makes recommendations for the potential risks and benefits the new coding system will have on the physician practice, such as, the potential for delay in reimbursement, the need for improved documentation, and points to consider for adopting an Electronic Health Record.
Click here to read the entire article.
AMA Announces their opposition to the Implementation of ICD-10
On Tuesday, Nov. 15th, AMA announced its intentions to work towards stopping the implementation of ICD-10 stating that it would be to burdensome on physician practices. On Wednesday, Nov. 16th, AHIMA released a statement voicing our “disappointment” with this stance taken by AMA. In this release, AHIMA noted that there are endless benefits that will come from the implementation of a “21st Century” coding/disease classification system; noted as well was the ease with which administrative systems can be implemented for physician practices.
AHIMA continues to move forward to express your views.
CMS Delays the Enforcement of 5010 compliance
In an article published today in Modern Healthcare, CMS announced that, based on industry feedback, it will delay the enforcement of the 5010 rules which require healthcare entities to use the 5010 standards for electronic transmission of claims. The deadline for enforcement will be pushed forward to March 31, 2012, but the compliance date of January 1, 2012 remains.