"The good news is they don't have to learn the entire ICD-10 code set, and that should be reassuring," she says. "Nobody can learn all of the new codes. You learn the codes that matter most to your practice, and you learn the new methodology in which codes are applied."
Even though ICD-10 training will be crucial for physician practices before the October deadline, Hibbert-Iacobacci cautions against seeking that education too early. Timing the ICD-10 training will be critical to success, she says.
"One of worst mistakes you could make would be to get the training too early in the year," she says. "You really should wait until about three months before the transition, so July, August, and September are the great months to get trained in ICD-10. If you are trained now and then you still have to use ICD-9 in the interim, you're going to forget it by October."