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August 2013 - Volume 10 - Issue 2
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Miami Dade College, Medical Campus: Preparing Future and Current Healthcare Professionals for the Transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10

In a revolutionary effort for medical coders and billers to use code sets that provide more detailed information, reflect medical advances, increase accuracy, improve overall efficiency, and reduce fraud, the code sets currently used to classify diseases and other health problems will be changing, and health care organizations must be ready for the change. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has mandated that effective, October 1, 2014, the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10-CM) for reporting diagnoses in all clinical settings, and (ICD-10-PCS), the procedure code set for reporting hospital inpatient procedures, will be replacing the current ICD-9-CM code sets. 
 
The transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 is expected to impact all physicians. According to the American Medical Association, with the increased number of codes, the change in the number of characters per code, and increased code specificity, this transition will require significant planning, training, software/system upgrades/replacements, as well as other necessary investments. 
 
Miami Dade College is a known leader in addressing the needs of the healthcare community and preparing students for the workforce. The very highly trained team of faculty in the Medical Coder Biller and Health Information Management programs at the Medical Campus is at the forefront of preparing future and current healthcare professionals for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10. Beginning this fall, in addition to the current curriculum requirements, students enrolled in these programs will learn ICD-10 as the main system, with ICD-9 as a legacy system. This will ensure that graduates will be prepared to enter the workforce prepared to code records in ICD-10. 
 
Because a thorough education of the biomedical sciences is key to understanding the characters of ICD-10, Miami Dade College faculty have provided instruction in the biomedical sciences to assist local healthcare organizations with the significant undertaking of preparing their employees for a smooth transition to ICD-10 and Implementation Readiness. The goal of this instruction is to close any gaps in the coders’ knowledge of the biomedical sciences before ICD-10-CM/PCS training begins within their organization. 
 
In addition to providing necessary training in the biomedical sciences to employees within healthcare organizations, the Medical Campus will also offer an introductory ICD-10-CM/PCS course to the community, which will prepare individuals how 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 and case studies. ICD-10 Implementation is near and Miami Dade College, Medical Campus seeks to help make the transition for the healthcare community as seamless as possible.
To find out more specific information about the Medical Coder Biller and Health Information Management programs and possible training opportunities Miami Dade College, Medical Campus can provide for Health Information Management departments within your healthcare organization, 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 Campus.
 
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