Staying current with the latest changes is made easier with these websites
People who work in medical billing and coding know that adapting to change is an important part of their job. Insurance rules and government regulations can change, as can processes within the workplace. Becoming familiar with some key Internet resources is one way to help keep pace with the changes.
The following websites contain important career-related information, such as the latest regulations on ICD-9 and the upcoming ICD-10, where you can get continuing education units (CEU’s), how to sign up for upcoming conferences, and more. Staying current with the latest in your field is one way to help grow your career.
1. CMS: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
The CMS is a federal agency that administers Medicare and oversees HealthCare.gov. It also works with state governments on the administration of Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). In addition, the agency is involved with the implementation of the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).
The CMS website contains useful resources for medical billers and coders, such as the following:
- ICD-10 Resources
With the October 1, 2015 implementation date for ICD-10 coming in less than one year, it is important to plan ahead for this change. The CMS website is a definitive source of information on this new system.
- Abbreviated and Full Code Titles for ICD-9-CM Diagnosis and Procedure Codes
If you or your employer needs the full list of diagnosis and procedure codes, this is the place to go. The website has files that you can download. The files contain the diagnosis and procedure codes, and their full and abbreviated titles. This page is updated regularly as new versions are released.
2. American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC)
The Resources page of the AAPC website is full of information that can help you develop your career and stay abreast of changes. There are eight different newsletters to choose from, event listings, webinars, news articles, and more. Some of the material requires that you are an AAPC member, while other resources are simply available for free on the website. Take your time, and explore the website carefully so that you know all it has to offer: https://www.aapc.com/resources/index.aspx
3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers access to the ICD-9-CM files, either as downloads or on a CD-ROM, and also includes addenda, conversion table, and guidelines.http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/icd/icd9cm.htm
4. Professional Organizations, Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Conferences
Even after you have completed your medical billing and coding training, it’s important to keep up with the changes in the industry. There may be changes in compliance rules and industry regulations that can affect your work. There may be new software programs to learn, or perhaps you might want to learn more about coding in a specific medical subspecialty. All of these are reasons to consider taking additional coursework and earning continuing education units (CEU’s). Below are some organizations that offer CEU’s as well as training conferences and other opportunities to learn more about your field.
American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC)
National Cancer Registrars Association
National Academy of Ambulance Coding
American Health Information Management Association
American Association of Medical Audit Specialists
American Association of Medical Assistants
We hope these resources are helpful as you begin your career. As with any career field, the field of medical billing and coding will face changes. In the world of healthcare, new technologies are created, medical advances are made, and legal regulations are passed. All of these developments can impact the work of a medical biller or medical coder. By continuing to be open to learning new things, you can help establish yourself as a person who wants to grow as a professional and make positive contributions in your career field.