International Classification of Disease 10 training

Sunday, January 01, 2012 12:12 PM
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Marilyn Rissmiller, Senior Director, Health Care Financing

The Colorado Medical Society has organized a statewide training coalition to ensure physicians and their staff are prepared for the implementation of ICD-10 on Oct. 1, 2013. The coalition is comprised of educators, consultants and physician/practice representatives – including the component medical societies, Colorado Medical Group Management Association, the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management and Colorado Health Information Management Association – as well as the Denver Regional Office of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other stakeholders.

The statewide training coalition will make ICD-10 resources and training accessible to physicians and their staff via an organized multimedia educational campaign. The coalition will provide a progressive training curriculum through a modular approach beginning January 2012 and running through October 2013.

On the third Tuesday of each month a new program or resource will be made available to help practices prepare for the transition. The modular approach will allow practices to do much of the preparatory work now, such as project planning, impact analysis and documentation evaluation. This does not replace the need for intensive coding training, but delays it until early 2013 when the actual implementation is closer. (Think of ICD-10 as a new language; you want to be able to use it or you won’t remember it.)

The coalition will establish a dedicated ICD-10 Training Resource web page that will spotlight a calendar of upcoming events and archived program recordings. This page will also centralize and categorize resources developed by the coalition and other publically available ICD-10 information. Look for a link on the CMS website.

For more information, contact Marilyn Rissmiller at or by phone at 720-858-6328.

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