Kay Clements, MA, RHIA, Robert Garrie, MPA, RHIA, and Midge Ray, MSN, MEd, RN, all associate professors in the Health Information Management program in the Department of Health Services Administration, have been reapproved by the American Health Information Management Association as coding system trainers. The three faculty members trained to become proficient in the two parts of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition, Clinical Modification/Procedure Coding System or otherwise known as ICD-10-CM/PCS.

The diagnosis classification system was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for use in all U.S. health care facilities. ICD-10-CM is an alphanumeric diagnostic coding system containing 68,065 codes. The current system, ICD-9-CM is 30 years old and only has 14,025 diagnosis codes.

ICD-10-PCS is a procedure classification system developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is for use in the U.S. for inpatient hospital settings only. It contains 72,589 procedures codes (compared to 3,824 ICD-9-CM procedures codes).

The three faculty members also completed a mandatory assessment in order to receive the trainer certificate. Every year, they will be required to undergo additional training on changes to the coding systems and complete an assessment.