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How to Prepare for ICD-10

About ICD-10

How to Prepare, Study and Enroll in ICD-10

If you're a professional medical coder, you know that accurate coding is crucial for patient care, proper diagnoses and reimbursement. So when ICD-10 replaces ICD-9 on October 1, 2015 as the United State's industry-wide coding system, helping the medical office, doctor or company you work for make a seamless transition will make you a valuable asset.

What are the Major Differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10?

According to the AAPC, anyone who is qualified to code ICD-9-CM should able to easily make the transition to coding ICD-10-CM. Here are the major differences between the systems, and what you will primarily need to train for:

  • ICD-9-CM has approximately 13,600 codes, while ICD-10-CM will have about 69,000. (AAPC)
  • ICD-9-CM consists of mostly numeric codes with three to five digits, while ICD-10-CM consists of alphanumeric codes with three to seven digits. (AAPC)
  • ICD-9-CM coding system does not require mapping. A two-year period will be allocated during the transition, which will require codes to access both coding systems until the transition is complete. As a result, mapping will be necessary so that equivalent codes can be found. (AAPC)

How to Prepare for ICD-10

Worried about the ICD-10 transition? Breathe easy. You can balance your current health care career with the required training you need to learn ICD-10-CM online and on your schedule with Allied Medical School. That way, you can choose to prepare in advance and enjoy the benefits of self-paced ICD-10 training as opposed to cramming your training in at the last minute. And with Allied, live student support is available to assist you throughout your training – you're never alone.

How to Study for ICD-10

Allied has everything you need to prepare for ICD-10-CM. With 100% online ICD-10 training, you can keep your health care career on track on a schedule that works for you. Allied's Comprehensive ICD-10 course includes ICD-10 books that will prepare you to apply the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting. Your training is further reinforced with chapter-specific ICD-10 changes, coding conventions and an online ICD-10 study guide.

How to Prepare for the Required ICD-10 Proficiency Exam

Allied's online Comprehensive ICD-10 Course will prepare you to successfully pass the required ICD-10 proficiency exam, a requirement of the American Academy of Professional Codes (AAPC), in order to maintain your professional coding credentials. Also, Allied's ICD-10-CM course has been approved by the AAPC for CE (up to 45 continuing education hours may be awarded).

How to Enroll in ICD-10 Training

When you're ready for ICD-10 training 100% online and on your unique schedule, Allied Medical Coding School will help you succeed. Don't wait to the last minute to train. Be the one who's on top of the ICD-10-CM coding system and increase your marketability with doctors and health care institutions who will be seeking out ICD-10 expertise to help with the transition.

Prepare for ICD-10 with Allied's Medical Coding Training Today!


Contact Allied Medical School at 888-822-2923 to learn more, including how our interest fee payment plans can make your training convenient and affordable.

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