New 2012 Handbook Helps Coders Make Transition from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM

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A new AHA Press title, ICD-10-­CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding Handbook With Answers, 2012 Revised Edition, available in late August, is designed to help train coders improve their coding accuracy and make the transition from ICD-9 coding to ICD-10 coding easier to understand and execute.

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The 2012 Handbook contains more than 260 case-summary exercises, as well as 100-plus in-chapter exercises and review questions.

A new AHA Press title, ICD-10-­CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding Handbook With Answers, 2012 Revised Edition, available in late August, is designed to help train coders improve their coding accuracy and make the transition from ICD-9 coding to ICD-10 coding easier to understand and execute. The new Handbook, written by Nelly Leon-Chisen, the director of the Central Office on ICD-9-CM of the American Hospital Association, and the editor of the official newsletter, AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS contains definitive codes and coding guidelines. The Handbook exercise answers and advice are accepted references for official auditors.

Like its predecessor, the Faye Brown ICD-9-CM Handbook, the ICD-10-CM Handbook conforms to the easy-to-use format and style established by Faye Brown. Its content reflects the latest official coding guidelines and comes in two versions, with and without answers to the exercises.

The 2012 Handbook contains more than 260 case-summary exercises, as well as 100-plus in-chapter exercises and review questions. The case-summary exercises are based on health records and require readers to consider the patient’s condition as well as medical history, reason for admission or encounter, laboratory results, procedures performed, and the diagnoses listed. Readers must apply pertinent coding principles and official coding guidelines in making code assignments and designating the principal diagnosis and procedure for each episode of care.

The book is designed to be used in conjunction with the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding manuals. Instructors at recognized academic institutions can register online and download supplemental materials.

ICD-10-­CM and ICD-10-PCS Coding Handbook With Answers, 2012 Revised Edition
Nelly Leon-Chisen, 740 pages, softcover, 8 1/2" x 11", $97.95, ISBN: 978-1-55648-372-1 AHA Order Number: 148050

The book is available at http://www.healthforum.com/AHAPress or by calling 800-242-2626.

About the Author
Nelly Leon-Chisen, Director of Coding and Classification, RHIA, heads the AHA Central Office on ICD-9-CM and the Central Office on HCPCS. She is the executive editor of AHA Coding Clinic® for ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS and co-author of ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting. Nelly and a team of AHA Central Office staff have annually reviewed, updated and improved the Faye Brown ICD-9-CM Coding Handbooks for more than a decade.

About AHA Press
AHA Press is an imprint for books published by Health Forum, an American Hospital Association (AHA) company. AHA Press's mission is to help health care providers and others deliver more efficient and effective solutions to leadership and operations issues in hospitals and health systems. AHA Press books help health care executives strengthen their organizations’ clinical and business performance and help others improve the learning and services they provide.

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