Guest Column | December 3, 2012

Overlooking Little "C" Coders Puts ICD-10 At Risk

Wendy Coplan-Gould, RHIA, President, HRS

By  Wendy Coplan-Gould, RHIA, President, HRS

Seventy-seven percent of hospitals have already initiated ICD-10 training plans for their coding staff[i] - typically clinical coders already employed in health information management. These coders are easy to identify, group and train. They are credentialed staff whose primary role is to assign codes - and they are probably already covered in a hospital’s ICD-10 training plans.

But what about the rest of the hospital? Are other coders lurking in the halls? Hiding behind cubicles? Hanging out on nursing stations? The short answer is … yes.

Practically every department houses staff that use codes day-in and day-out. They are the ones hording worn and torn cheat sheets and outdated coding books. These are a hospital’s little “c” coders and they can’t be overlooked!

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