Preparing for ICD-10 Coding

265 Hours / 12 Months / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

Effective October 2015, the coding system officially transitioned from ICD-9 to ICD-10-CM/PCS.  The structure of the new code sets is radically different from ICD-9.  ICD-10 implementation will impact virtually all processes, technology and people within a health care enterprise.  Be ready for the transition to the ICD-10-CM with this ICD 10 Transition course.  This course will provide an introduction to ICD-10-CM coding and help you translate your knowledge of ICD-9-CM coding to the new code set. Through the use of expert developed learning modules, in-course activities, and case studies, you will learn everything you need to know to make the transition to ICD 10.

Students will:

  • Describe the purpose of coding.
  • Describe the organization and structure of the ICD-10-CM.
  • Describe the conventions used in ICD-10-CM.
  • Identify the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting that impact the steps a coder follows when selecting diagnostic codes.
  • Explain the purpose of the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting.
  • Interpret instructional notes and conventions used in the ICD-10-CM codebook for Chapters 1 through 5.
  • Define the coding conventions and Official Coding Guidelines for chapters 6 - 9 of the ICD-10-CM.
  • Apply chapter-specific guidelines correctly for chapters 10 - 14 of the ICD-10-CM coding manual.
  • Apply chapter-specific guidelines correctly when coding from chapters 15, 16, and 17 of the ICD-10-CM.
  • Apply chapter-specific guidelines correctly when coding from Chapters 18 to 21 of the ICD-10-CM.
  • Explain the purpose of ICD-10-PCS and how it is used.
  • Identify the medical and surgical codes used in the ICD-10-PCS.
  • Identify the coding requirements for Obstetric procedures.
  • Identify the character meanings and root operations used for the ICD-10-PCS Placement Section.
  • Identify the approach, device, and qualifiers used in the ICD-10-PCS Administration Section.
  • Identify the approach, function, and qualifiers used for the ICD-10-PCS Measurement and Monitoring Section.
  • Identify the duration, function, and qualifiers used in the Extracorporeal Assistance and Performance section and the Extracorporeal Therapies section of the ICD-10-PCS.
  • Identify the approach, devices, and qualifiers used in the Osteopathic, Other Procedures, and Chiropractic Sections of ICD-10-PCS.
  • Code procedures from the Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, and Radiation Oncology sections of ICD-10-PCS.
  • Code procedures found in the ICD-10-PCS Physical Rehabilitation and Diagnostic Audiology section.
  • Code procedures from the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment section of the ICD-10-PCS.

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Curriculum Developer Biography:

Willow Nolland is an expert in education and eLearning, with more than ten years of experience in curriculum development and instructional design. She has worked in higher education for over twelve years, and has developed numerous courses and has been involved in curriculum development across disciplines. She has experience with academic program development and coordination, curriculum development, student learning outcomes, educational partnerships, and student development. In addition, she has developed and administered professional development programs for various groups, including teachers, counselors, healthcare workers and members of private industry. She is a certified Quality Matters Reviewer and has taken graduate courses in online course development. She designs and teaches online courses at the college level and is proficient in a variety of course management systems. She has helped educators redesign their courses to transition them from a face-to-face format to an online format, and has provided course editing assistance to others. As a freelance instructional designer and curriculum developer, her projects have included course editing and redesign of online continuing education courses for nurses, CEU curriculum development for healthcare workers and teachers, and course review and editing for various colleges and universities.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Introduction to Coding and ICD-10

In this lesson, students will learn about Medical Coding and the Coding Profession.  Specifically, students will learn about the coding system used, the professional organizations available to coders, the types of employment opportunities, and HIPAA.  In addition, this lesson will provide information on the different conventions that are used in coding.

Lesson 2: Diagnostic Code Selection and Guidelines

This lesson discusses the location of main terms in the Alphabetic Index of ICD-10-CM and the steps involved in the selection of diagnostic codes using ICD-10-CM.  It will also provide an overview of the Diagnostic Coding Guidelines.

Lesson 3: ICD-10-CM by Body System Part I

This lesson will begin the in-depth examination of the ICD-10-CM codebook.  This lesson will start with Chapter 1: Certain Infectious and Parasitic Diseases from the ICD-10-CM Coding Manual, and working through three more chapters of the ICD-10-CM: Chapter 2, Neoplasms; Chapter 3, Diseases of blood and blood-forming organs; Chapter 4, Endocrine, Nutritional and Metabolic diseases; and Chapter 5: Mental and Behavioral Disorders . A discussion of the structure of the codes found in these chapters, along with instructional notes and chapter-specific guidelines for Chapters 1 through 5 in the ICD-10-CM codebook will be included.

Lesson 4: ICD-10-CM by Body System Part II

In this lesson, students will continue to learn about the ICD-10-CM codebook chapters 6 - 9, which includes the nervous system, the sense organs (eye and ear), and cardiovascular diseases and conditions.

Lesson 5: ICD-10-CM by Body System Part III

This lesson introduces the anatomy, common diseases, and chapter-specific Guidelines of Chapters 10 through 14 in the ICD-10-CM code book.

Lesson 6: ICD-10-CM by Body System Part IV

Guidelines and instructional notes are presented for all three chapters of the ICD-10-CM with the largest number of guidelines coming from chapter 15: pregnancy, childbirth and the puerperium. The guidelines include specific sequencing instructions, in addition to coding other conditions in conjunction with conditions appearing in chapters 15, 16, and 17.

Lesson 7: ICD-10-CM by Body System Part V

In this lesson, students will learn about Chapters 18–21 of the ICD-10-CM codebook. The chapters covered here are different in a number of ways. First, rather than each being devoted to a body system, these chapters, unlike most of the other chapters in the ICD-10-CM code book, cover unique circumstances—fractures, burns, poisonings, fevers of unknown origins, and much more.

Lesson 8: Introduction to ICD-10-PCS

This lesson will provide an introduction to the ICD-10-PCS. ICD-10-PCS, or the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Procedure Coding System, has been developed as a replacement for ICD-9-CM volume 3–Procedure codes, which have been used for facility reporting since January 1979. It became apparent quite quickly that with the current four-digit system and the constant evolution in the procedural forum, the code system would not be able to support these changes for long. A newer, larger, more comprehensive procedural coding system was devised by 3M Health Information Systems, and that system is ICD-10-PCS.

Lesson 9: ICD-10 PCS Medical, Surgical, and Obstetrics Sections

In this lesson you will learn about the Medical, Surgical, and Obstetrics sections of the ICD-10-PCS. The medical and surgical codes constitute the bulk of codes reported in an inpatient setting. Obstetrics is the specialty that treats women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the period immediately after childbirth.

Lesson 10: ICD-10-PCS Placement, Administration, Measurement and Monitoring

In this lesson, you will learn about the third, fourth, and fifth sections found in ICD-10-PCS: Placement, Administration, Measurement and Monitoring. Placement procedures include those in which a device is put on or into a body region. The devices are placed to pack, immobilize, stretch, or compress an area. The Administration section reports procedures in which a therapeutic, prophylactic, protective, diagnostic, nutritional, or physiological substance is put into or on the body. The Measurement and Monitoring section is referenced to report procedures in which a physiological or physical function is measured or monitored.

Lesson 11: ICD-10-PCS - Comprehensive Overview of Remaining Procedures

This lesson will provide a comprehensive overview of all remaining sections in the ICD-10-PCS:

  • Extracorporeal Assistance and Performance/Extracorporeal Therapies
  • Osteopathic and Chiropractic
  • Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, and Radiation Oncology
  • Physical Rehabilitation and Diagnostic Audiology
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment

All necessary materials are included.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.
Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
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  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
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  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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** Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated. Software is not included with the purchase of the course, unless otherwise specified. Students are responsible for the purchase and installation of the necessary course software. **