Tuesday, December 10, 2019

AHCA Has the Training New Staff Need to Understand ICD-10 Coding

Dave Kyllo

While staff will come and go, the need to understand ICD-10 coding remains constant for skilled nursing facility (SNF) professionals. The American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) offer ICD-10 on-line training. Because staff needs differ based on their coding responsibilities, two specific trainings have been developed – one training for coders and a shorter less intense course for non-coders. 

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 – 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.

With thousands of codes and nuances specific to the SNF Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), accurate ICD-10 coding is essential. PDPM relies on accurate patient assessments and diagnosis on the MDS and ICD-10 coding to determine payment for each patient. Inaccurate coding can negatively impact a facility’s bottom line and resident care, so it is imperative for new SNF staff to quickly build their ICD-10 coding knowledge.

To learn more or register for either on-line training, please visit the websites below.   

AHCA/AHIMA ICD-10 Training for PDPM – Coder:        ahcancal.org/icd10pdpmcoder
AHCA/AHIMA ICD-10 Training for PDPM – Non-Coder: ahcancal.org/icd10pdpmnoncoder

Members will need to login with their AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords.  For assistance obtaining AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords, please e-mail educate@ahca.org with your name and facility contact information. 

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