Sunday, October 13, 2019

Get Your Staff Up to Speed Fast with AHCA’s Online PDPM Education Courses

Dave Kyllo
The new payment system known as the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) took effect October 1 transforming the way skilled nursing facilities are reimbursed for Medicare Part A stays.  AHCA offers virtual training on PDPM and ICD-10 coding. 

AHCA SNF members who did not attend an in-person PDPM Academy training hosted by an AHCA state affiliate earlier this year are encouraged to take AHCA’s Virtual PDPM Training.  Included with the virtual training is access to all materials on AHCA’s PDPM Academy. The PDPM Academy is where updates, tools, webinars and other supporting materials are housed. AHCA SNF members who attend the Virtual PDPM Training will also be able to join in free monthly PDPM Academy webinars hosted by AHCA. 

This training is available to AHCA SNF provider members only. The cost for the training – whether first time or repeated - is $350. The training has been approved for 8 NAB CE credits. 

Virtual ICD-10 Coding training is also available through AHCA and is equally important to PDPM success and bulk purchases are available.  There are two online trainings offered, including: 

  • AHCA/AHIMA ICD-10 Training for PDPM – Coder is an in-depth course designed for SNF billing staff, MDS staff, Nursing and Therapy staff, and Admissions and Discharge staff.  The course contains seven modules and comes with 16 CNEs for nurses and 16 AHIMA CEs upon successful completion.  The cost is $499 for AHCA members and $599 for non-members. AHCA/AHIMA ICD-10 Training for PDPM – Coder:
  • AHCA/AHIMA ICD-10 Training for PDPM – Non-Coder is a four-hour course developed for individuals who need to lead a successful PDPM transition and is intended for Administrators, DONs, and other management staff.  The course for non-coders comes with 4 CNEs for nurses, 4 AHHIMA CEs or 4.5 NAB approved CEs upon successful completion.  The cost is $199 for AHCA members and $249 for non-members. AHCA/AHIMA ICD-10 Training for PDPM – Non-Coder:

Members will need to login with their AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords to register for any of these courses.  For assistance obtaining AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords, please e-mail with your name and facility contact information. 

AHCA members can also access their facility's personal Top-Line PDPM report here. This report is a snapshot of previous coding practices for ICD-Coding on MDS assessments. Use this step-by-step guide to access your reports.

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