NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, and a provider of health care information systems and connectivity solutions, recently announced it has teamed with 3M Health Information Systems to offer 3M’s robust, Web-based ICD-10 Education Program industry wide. The agreement strengthens the arsenal of resources NextGen Healthcare makes available to aid both clients and nonclients as they successfully transition to ICD-10.
Designed to help ease the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10, the 3M ICD-10 Education Program is available as a Web-based subscription service with training delivered on-demand so that it can be easily accessed and reviewed as frequently as needed. The program offers 22 complete interactive training modules with special emphasis on in-depth ICD-10 education for inpatient, outpatient, and professional fee coders and documentation improvement specialists. These 90-minute modules feature case studies, self-assessments, practice questions, tests, and progress and completion reports.
The program provides physicians with comprehensive ICD-10 training based on medical specialty, allowing physicians to focus on the ICD-10 issues most relevant to their practice. Coursework includes a review of ICD-10-CM coding guidelines, specialty-specific physician modules, and other ICD-10 educational materials to identify areas where increased clinical knowledge is needed.
“Although ICD-10 has been delayed until October 1, 2015, health care organizations should continue to work toward readiness,” says Terri McCubbin Graves, RN, director of consulting services for 3M Health Information Systems. “Continuing to focus on essential transition activities, such as clinical documentation improvement, physician education, and ICD-10 coding accuracy, will help facilities maintain momentum and preserve the substantial investment they have already made in their ICD-10 transition.”
“Delayed yet inevitable, the ICD-10 transition is a challenging process for every single health care provider and facility throughout the nation. With documentation of clinical care, physician productivity, and practice reimbursement potentially impacted, education and training are key elements that will help organizations avoid frustration and backlogs and lost revenue,” says Michael Lovett, executive vice president and general manager for NextGen Healthcare. “Preparing coders, physicians, and other staff for the ICD-10 transition is critically important.”
The continuing education units (CEUs) are assigned after each course and successful completion of the post test. CEUs are approved by AHIMA; AAPC; the Association of Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialists; the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation; and the Radiology Coding Certification Board.