Imagining the first few days of ICD-10 might feel much like encountering a great white shark in the shallow waters of your favorite beach. One minute you are enjoying the calm water and cool breeze and the next thing you know, panic sets in as you notice the man-eating killer lurking closer than you would like. Naturally with this panic comes a lot of screaming, splashing and commotion drawing the shark’s attention toward your direction. With only days to go until the implementation of ICD-10, this is definitely not the comparison we would like.
Whether you are new to medical coding or have been around the block a time or two it’s never too late to add a new coding certification to your tool box. Obtaining a coding credential is an investment in yourself and your career with long-term benefits. When you’ve passed a certification exam, it demonstrates to your current and future employers that you have a high level of coding knowledge and are proficient in your field. In addition you can:
It is impossible to overstate the importance of accuracy and compliance in today's coding environment. With the need to perform high quality coding as we transition to ICD-10, you may be wondering if there is a way to "bulletproof" coding. That is, is it possible to make coding impervious to challenges? Unfortunately, the answer is “NO.” There is no magic wand that can be waived, spell that can be cast, or cape that you can use to bulletproof your coding. The fact of the matter is that no two medical records are documented in the same manner and most coding clinics can be interpreted differently.