What is ICD-10?
As a medical coder and biller, your main task is to identify and assign numeric codes to patient procedures and diagnoses using standardized code sets. For years the standard was the ICD-9 code sets.
The new ICD-10 code system will have a significant impact to medical coders and billers as there will now be more than nine times the amount of ICD-10 codes compared to the old system.
As we posted on our Brighton College News page, the senate passed a bill that will further delay the implementation mandate of the ICD-10 code set to October 2015. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had previously mandated the replacement effective October 2014. Bookmark and visit this page to view and track the Countdown to ICD-10!
As a student, how should I prepare for the ICD-10 transition?
With the news of this latest delay, it is important more now than ever that you are enrolled in a medical coding and billing school that covers both the ICD-9 and the new ICD-10 code sets so that you can be sure you are prepared for the workplace regardless of which system is used. This will best prepare you not only for a job in the industry but also for certification.
With the Medical Coding and Billing programs at Brighton College, in addition to covering ICD-9 and the new ICD-10 code set, you will acquire the skills and specific expertise needed to become successful in the industry. If you are ready to start your training toward this exciting and growing field, you can Enroll Now, or Request More Information.