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AHA discusses Coding Clinic plans

Get ready to say goodbye to Coding Clinic for ICD-9, and hello to Coding Clinic for ICD-10.

The AHA will cease publication of its ICD-9 guidance, but is already planning for an ICD-10-CM/PCS replacement, according to Nelly Leon-Chisen, RHIA, Director of Coding and Classification for the AHA.

“We have no plans to translate [previous Coding Clinic volumes] because many of those [issues] came about as [ICD-9-CM] codes needed qualifications [and clarifications],” Leon-Chisen said during CMS’ “ICD-10 Implementation Strategies and Planning National Provider Call” November 17.

The AHA will begin to publish its new Coding Clinic for ICD-10 in the fourth quarter of 2012. It will provide practical information and coding advice approved by the cooperating parties and AHA editorial advisory board. The new Coding Clinic for ICD-10 will follow the same format as Coding Clinic for ICD-9 and the AHA will still accept questions.

Anyone with questions about the ICD-10 guidelines or codes can submit them to the AHA now, but anyone who submits a question needs to have working knowledge of the new code sets and questions must pertain to the application of the codes and the interpretation of the medical record.

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Michelle A. Leppert About the Author: Michelle A. Leppert, CPC, is a senior managing editor for JustCoding.com. JustCoding provides coders, coding supervisors, and health information management (HIM) directors with educational resources to test their coding knowledge, employ correct coding guidelines, and stay abreast of CMS transmittals.

In addition, she writes and edits the HCPro publication, Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies. Email her at mleppert@hcpro.com.

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