AHIMA, AHCA to prepare skilled nursing facilities for reimbursement changes

The American Health Information Management Association and American Health Care Association are partnering to provide coding and clinical documentation improvement training to skilled nursing facilities.

The announcement comes as CMS plans to change the reimbursement model for skilled nursing facilities to a new, value-based patient-driven payment model.

Beginning Oct. 1, skilled nursing facilities will need to have CDI skill sets and knowledge of ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes to achieve success under the reimbursement overhaul, the two associations said.

That's why they have worked together to create coding and CDI education courses that include two options. One option involves webinars for coding in ICD-10-CM and requirements in CDI case studies, as well as a 50-question assessment at the end, representatives with the groups said.

An option for noncoders includes a webinar with a review and basic information on ICD-10-CM coding guidelines.

Learn more about the courses here.


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