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Press Release – For Immediate Release
Colorado – Students enrolled in the Health Information Technology program at IntelliTec College won’t have to worry about the recent delay in the ICD-10 medical coding system implementation. The program has been teaching the new ICD-10 coding system, in addition to the older ICD-9 system, for over a year to prepare students for implementation. IntelliTec strives to keep their program curriculums comprehensive and current. Students enter into their new careers with confidence, knowing that they can effectively use both systems after graduating.
ICD-10-CM is the International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision Clinical Modification. It is the new coding and reporting system that will be used by health information technology professionals to report diagnoses and conditions to insurance companies and government entities. This system will help to support better quality health care. Implementation of the new coding system was expected to go into effect in October of 2014; that date has now been moved back another year, bringing the new date to October 2015. Graduates of IntelliTec’s Health Information Technician program will have had training on both the old and new systems. Knowledge and training with both systems can give them an advantage in the job market.
Associate Director of EducationLeslie Barlow explains “ICD-10 has been in the works for a decade and a half. The U.S. is one of two countries not currently using it. It has mostly been due to resistance to change.” The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have confirmed this. “As long as new legislation is not pushed through supporting an additional delay, implementation will move forward in 2015,” says Barlow.
Once implemented, ICD-10 will likely slow processes while the providers get accustomed to it. While some medical offices have already switched over to the new system, most won’t be using it until the official implementation in October of 2015. Medical offices will continue to prepare for the change-over by seeking training for their staff and physicians, which will take time to accomplish. Many organizations may have not been putting in enough time and are not yet prepared, prompting the delay.
Graduates of IntelliTec’s Health Information Technician program won’t need the extra time to train as they will already be able to use the new system. Barlow says the “The delay will help us get more students prepared, so that is a positive. (However,) a delay in ICD-10 is not the best move for the health care industry as a whole.”
IntelliTec’s Health Information Technology program prepares students to manage the flow of information for a healthcare facility. This program offers hands-on training in a real-world setting to ensure students receive an optimal learning experience. Students train with medical software, such as ICD-9 and the new ICD-10 medical coding systems, under the instruction and supervision of skilled and experienced instructors. This program includes an externship and prepares students to sit for three professional certification examinations. An Associate of Occupational Studies Degree can be earned in as little as 18 months.
IntelliTec College provides hands-on career training in Colorado with associate degree (occupational) and professional certificate programs. Campuses include Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Pueblo. IntelliTec College has been training people for new careers in Colorado since 1965. Request more informationabout career training programs at www.IntelliTec.edu or call them at 1-800-248-2282.
Leslie Barlow – Associate Director of Education
IntelliTec College in Grand Junction