According to industry experts, there are nearly 200,000 active clinical coders in the U.S. who must be trained within the next 12 months. And once ICD-10 is live, an additional 38,000 coders are required to meet healthcare’s day-to-day productivity needs. If training hasn’t already started for your coding and CDI team, it’s not too late.
But it is crunch time!
The good news is that the 85th annual convention and exhibit of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) includes a wide range of coder training vendors and options. The bad news? With so many choices, vendor selection becomes confusing. And how do you ensure that the program you select adequately prepares coders for ICD-10? Here are three training partner criteria to consider.