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Acronyms like “ICD-9-CM” and “ICD-10-CM/PCS” may make the average person’s eyes glaze over. But for countless professionals in the health information technology field, the mere mention of transitioning to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) tends to speed up heart rates and blood-pressure readings.

That’s because every five-numeric-digit medical code they’ve known will become obsolete later this year when the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS and its seven-character, alphanumeric code go into effect. The new ICD-10-CM/PCS replaces all ICD-9-CM diagnosis codes and procedure codes. The change was originally scheduled for last fall but has been pushed back to this October.

To acclimate health information professionals to ICD-10, SCC is offering another workforce development course on the new coding system. Registration deadline for the online course is Jan. 21, and the course runs from Jan. 27 through May 2.

“The new coding system allows for greater specificity and greater detail,” said Kimberly Rice, MA, RHIA, CCS – the SCC instructor who will teach the course. “It will allow the U.S. to compare data with other countries. Over 100 nations have already adopted it, and we’re one of the last developed countries to make this transition. The new system gives us a way to improve the accuracy of all coding.”

Anyone currently in the health information technology/ management or coding fields can take the ICD-10 course at Southwestern. For more information, contact Scott Sutton at (828)306-7034.

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