by Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIMA

October 1 will be here before you know it. Your coders are likely deep into the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS code updates.

I know I am biased since I write the yearly CM and PCS updates for Libman Education, but I think a comprehensive and in-depth update course that explains what the changes are, what they mean, and how the changes work together to change the coding process is the best bang for your training dollar.

We appreciate that it has been a tough year. Reduced hours, furloughs, even lost jobs and an unclear future. Many organizations are looking to cut costs where they can. But there is a difference between simply downloading a list of changes and immersing your staff in an in-depth review that will ensure they are able to do the work that needs to be done.

What happens if your coders do not master the code updates prior to October 1?

If your coders wake up October 1 and do not have a firm grasp of what the changes are they are going to be lost or at least extremely uncomfortable. And worse, they are going to waste their time and their colleague’s time. When everyone worked on-site a quick chat to understand a problem was at least quick. Now with your team likely to be remote, the instant messages and emails used to reach out to others for guidance, mean production is disrupted. My least favorite solution is the approach of some coders to Google for an answer. The internet and social media are great for some things but not for coding.

What if your coders have only a superficial understanding of the code changes? A quick read of the new codes or a ‘once-and-done’ webinar is not sufficient to master the complex implications of the ICD-10-CM and -PCS coding changes. Coding is hard. It is complex. Getting it right is the job of the coder and the organization depends on their skill and professional judgement to ensure coding that is accurate, complete, and defensible.

Now is the time to ensure your coders invest the effort and energy necessary to master the code updates.

  • Provide training. Insightful and in-depth training will turbo-charge your coder’s understanding, explain not just what is being changed, but why, what to look out for, and how to implement with confidence.
  • Focus their attention on the changes most likely to impact your organization.
  • Ensure they work with their colleagues to achieve a common understanding of the changes they have learned about and what they mean.

If your coders have spent the time necessary to understand the code changes, they will more quickly be able to recognize the changes and new requirements as they code. They will get it right the first time, have confidence in their judgement, and move through their work efficiently.

FY 2023 Code Updates: ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, and CPT

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