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Miami Dade College- Medical Center Campus: Leaders in Assisting Health Care Organizations Transition to ICD-10

Because thousands of health care organizations will be required to transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS by October 1, 2013, preparations are underway by health care organizations to ensure that medical coding professionals within their organizations’ Health Information Management departments are “Implementation Ready.” This means that the code sets currently used to classify diseases and other health problems will be changing, and health care organizations must be ready.
 
According to AHIMA, the American Health Information Management Association, coding in ICD-10-CM/PCS will require a more in-depth understanding of the biomedical sciences, including anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, disease processes, and pathophysiology. Although medical coders may have a good basic understanding of the biomedical sciences, a greater level of detail and specificity will be required for ICD-10-CM/PCS coding.
 
As a leader in addressing the needs of the health care community, Miami Dade College, Medical Center Campus, is actively involved in assisting health care organizations with the significant undertaking of preparing their employees for a smooth transition to ICD-10. The college aims to close any gaps in the coders’ knowledge of the biomedical sciences before ICD-10-CM/PCS training begins within their organization. Therefore, the Medical Center Campus is working with Health Information Management departments’ coding professionals to provide them with necessary readiness or refresher training in medical terminology, disease processes, anatomy and physiology, and pathophysiology. The instruction is provided by a very highly trained team of faculty, and training can be offered either on-site at the organization or on campus at the Medical Center Campus.
 
In addition to providing necessary training in the biomedical sciences to employees in health care organizations, the Medical Center Campus will soon be offering an introductory ICD-10-CM/PCS course to the community. At the end of a 36 hour, 6 week course, individuals will be able to explain the format and organization of ICD-10 CM/PCS; describe the sections and procedures; explain the diagnostic statements and procedures; assign the ICD-10-CM/PCS codes; and assign diagnosis and procedure codes to case studies.
For more information on this course and possible training opportunities Miami Dade College, Medical Center Campus, can provide for Health Information Management departments, contact Christine Dundas RHIT, CCS, Program Coordinator, at (305) 237-4265 or cdundas@mdc.edu. Dr. Debra A. Shannon is Department Chairperson, Health Associated Studies, Informatics, and Career Technical Education Programs, Miami Dade College, Medical Center Campus.
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