Gordon says AHIMA was ready to throw away its ICD-9 training manuals when word came down about the delay. The old manuals will be dusted off and redistributed to community colleges to help train students for the older coding set.
"They were ready for destruction that week, but fortunately we held off," Gordon says. "We are trying not to be prescriptive. We are trying to help. We are going to provide a free webinar on the difference between ICD-9 and ICD-10 to try to help. We are also going to provide a free self-assessment online for our students so that they can see how big the gap is and how much more studying they need to do to pass the credentialing exam."
Trying to Teach Both
"Is it perfect? No. I really feel for our educators who had to work hard just to get ICD-10 onto their curriculum. You should see some of the emails we got. It is so sad. They are saying they had to get it approved; they had to develop it; their educators had to go to training. Then they had to get it through their curriculum committees. They switched over in good faith. What they are saying now is they are going to try to teach both. That is tough because there is not enough time to teach both really well."