TippM in Florida said: So pretty much it seems with the new ICD-10 system coming out in 2014 and EHR's it's best to try and get a coding position this year 2013 before all that takes place since we don't know what the demand will be for coders than, that way you will already have your foot in the door gaining experience and whatever employer you are working for will most likely be more willing to train you in ICD-10 . I graduate in the upcoming year 2013 from a AHIMA approved school around May/June in Health Information Technology and will also take my certification test ( RHIT) sometime around June 2013. I plan on working for a hospital . I'm hoping to land a coding position not long after I graduate. The thing is a lot of the schools are only teaching ICD-9 still and not ICD-10 but I called AHIMA myself to ask which one will be on the certification test (RHIT) around the time I graduate and they told me ICD-9. I have heard ICD-10 is much easier than ICD-9. I don't understand how people in India are already using ICD-10 but the US is just implementing it in 2014.
India is using ICD10 for census reporting. USA will be using it for reimbursement.
ICD10 is significantly more complex in the granularity of the codes. There will be a big opportunity for accurate medical record documentation to support the new coding descriptions.
If you learn ICD10 now, there's great opportunity to help hospitals or health plans with their ICD10 implementation strategy. Most of them are ramping these projects up, so it's a great time to get into the field.