January 12, 2011 | | Comments 3
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Look WHO has a free ICD-10 training tool

Can’t wait to learn more about ICD-10? Want to get some basic training and experience in using ICD-10? Not enough money in the budget to go get training? Take a look at the World Health Organization’s website. They have designed a self-study course, which you can work on at your own pace. You can even pick which customization that suits you best:

  • How to apply ICD codes and rules, have a medical background
  • How to apply ICD codes and rules, have little or no medical background
  • Have to fill in death certificates
  • Want to know more about ICD, but will probably never have to assign codes

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Peggy S. Blue About the Author: Peggy S. Blue, MPH, CPC, CCS-P, oversaw the development, implementation, dissemination, and reporting of information related to Medicare professional services training efforts for Highmark Medicare Services prior to joining HCPro, Inc. In that capacity Blue has researched, resolved, and responded to issues and inquiries from the physician community in addition to congressional offices, medical societies, and professional associations. Blue has delivered multiple presentations on Medicare legislation. Blue is a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders. She holds a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and a Bachelors of Art degree from Purdue University.

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  1. I did check out the WHO website. While it does provide free training, the user needs to realize that there are significant differences between WHO’s ICD-10 and the US version of ICD-10 (ICD-10-CM). The WHO version has 3 – 4 digit codes with optional 5th digits. The US version has up to 7 digits with none of the digits being optional if a complete code is to be assigned.
    Also, the WHO coding guidelines will be different from the coding guidelines finalized by the US. For example, the WHO uses a dagger/asterisk convention to guide coders to using additional codes in combination with the original assigned code. The US uses instructions such as “Code also” or “Use additional code”.

    I think this site and the WHO insttruction program might be useful for a quick preview of ICD-10 organization and structure, but it will not provide complete coder instruction for ICD-10.

    At this point, coder knowledge of anatomy, physiology, disease processes should be assessed so that the coders can receive education on clinical topics in preparation for ICD-10-CM training in 2013.

  2. Doreen V. Bentley

    All great points! Thanks Cheryl for sharing this info!


  3. I 100% agree with Cheryl Servais. I couldn’t have said it any better.

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