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IOD Incorporated Advises Healthcare Providers to Stay the Course in Preparation for ICD-10
Date:4/11/2012

entation in advance of coder education."   

If the new proposed compliance date is enacted, it may be too early to begin formal ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS code set training without running the risk of retention loss.  However, that does not mean that training efforts should be delayed in their entirety.  Organizations should use this opportunity to continue moving forward with their foundational coding training objectives, namely, training related to anatomy and terminology.  It is widely understood that ICD-10 places a tremendous amount of emphasis on anatomy and terminology.  With the October 1, 2013, deadline quickly approaching, many organizations had not allotted enough time for this important first step.  "IOD intends to take full advantage of the opportunities associated with the delay.  We will be spreading out our Web-based foundational anatomy and terminology training over a longer period of time, to make sure that we place our coders in the best possible position to master the challenges inherent to the ICD-10 code set," adds Van Doren.

Healthcare organizations should not be lulled into a false sense of comfort by the proposed 12 month extension to the ICD-10 compliance date. The most successful ICD-10 transitions will be realized by those organizations that use the additional time to better prepare their coding staff and clinicians for the multitude of challenges associated with ICD-10.

About IOD Incorporated

With more than 30 years of experience and 1,800 locations nationwide, IOD is the leader in full suite HIM services solutions that help hospitals, IDNs and clinics streamline and simplify HIM workflow. With comprehensive solutions including document conversion, release of information (ROI), coding, auditing, abstracting, ICD-10 transition services, RAC services, along with complete training and HIM consulting, the company empowers healthcare organizations to overco
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