AAPC Begins ICD-10 Implementation Training with Series of Free Webinars

The American Academy of Professional Coders is hosting a free ICD-10 implementation training Webinar series in July. The series, which has separate tracks for providers and payers, will review the ICD-10 training plan and the necessary steps for successful implementation. The two-part payer/health plan Webinar series runs on Tuesdays July 21 and 28. The three-part provider Webinar series will be held on three consecutive Thursdays: July 16, 23 and 30.

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Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) July 9, 2009

To help providers and payers begin preparing for a smooth ICD-10 implementation process, the American Academy of Professional Coders is hosting a free Webinar series in July. The series, which has separate tracks for providers and payers, will review the ICD-10 training plan and the necessary steps for successful implementation. The Webinar schedule is:

Provider Track: ICD-10 Implementation Training Three-Part Webinar Series (http://www.aapc.com/ICD-10/icd-10-provider-implementation.aspx)

  •     Thurs., July 16, 2009--Overview, Part 1
Part one of the overview will discuss the impact of ICD-10 to provider organizations and will dive into the first steps of implementation, which include organizing the implementation effort, developing a communication plan, conducting an impact analysis and organizing cross-functional efforts. This segment will also review how to develop timelines.
  •     Thurs., July 23, 2009--Overview, Part 2
Building upon the steps discussed in the first part of this Webinar series, part 2 of the overview will examine additional steps in the provider implementation plan. These steps include estimating budget, designing and developing an internal system, developing an education and training plan, contacting system vendors, planning for implementation, analyzing the business process and embarking on the first phase of education and training.
  •     Thurs., July 30, 2009--Overview, Part 3
The final segment of the three-part series continues on from the steps explained in the second part. Wrapping up the discussion on the implementation steps, this session will outline phase two of the education and training, policy change development, measuring outcomes, deployment of code by vendors to customers and implementation compliance.

Those attending the provider ICD-10 training implementation Webinar series may also sign up for a continuing education unit (CEU) module to earn up to three CEUs.

Payer Track: ICD-10 Implementation Training Two-Part Webinar Series (http://www.aapc.com/ICD-10/icd-10-payer-implementation.aspx)

  •     Tues., July 21, 2009--Part 1: ICD-10 CM/PCS: The Basics for Health Plans and Payers
    This segment will give an overview of what payers will need to focus on in the implementation and how to achieve their individual health plans' goals. This kick-off Webinar segment is for all payer employees that need to be involved with the ICD-10 implementation.
  •     Tues., July 28, 2009--Part 2: Organizational Implementation of ICD-10 for Health Plans and Payers
    With the potential for the ICD-10 transition to impact every part of a health plan or payer's business, this segment will provide attendees with a 30,000-foot view of steps to implement the new system.

Those attending the payer ICD-10 training implementation Webinar series may also sign up for a CEU module worth up to two CEUs.

More information the AAPC's free Webinar series for ICD-10 implementation training is available on the AAPC's Web site at http://www.aapc.com/ICD-10/training.aspx. Additional information on the AAPC's five-year, comprehensive ICD-10 implementation plan is also available online at http://www.aapc.com/ICD-10/index.aspx.

About the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
The AAPC (http://www.aapc.com) is the nation's largest medical coding training and certification association for medical coders, and is the leading source for ICD-10 implementation training. The AAPC provides credentials to medical coders in physician offices, outpatient facilities and payer environments. The certifications the AAPC offers are Certified Professional Coder (CPC®), Certified Professional Coder - Hospital (CPC-H®) and Certified Professional Coder - Payer (CPC-P®), as well as 18 specialty-specific credentials and the Certified Interventional Radiology Cardiovascular Coder® (CIRCC®) credential. These credentials represent the gold standard certifications for medical coding. The AAPC provides a wide variety of benefits to its 79,000 members worldwide.

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