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How medical coders have fared in the ICD-10 transition

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale
How medical coders have fared in the ICD-10 transition

Almost six years ago, I was  thinking that ICD-10 would be a great opportunity for medical coders.  Yes, some medical coders were threatening retirement. But the ones who learned ICD-10 coding would become more valuable.

Diane Rivers tells John Andrews at Healthcare IT News that becoming a "tenner" worked for her career. She is now a coding practice director at a coding firm after reluctantly learning ICD-10 coding. That education can be a barrier to entry that benefits those who break through it. Their skills become valuable and a bit hard to find.

It's not too late for more people to take advantage of ICD-10 coding. Tenners are still in demand.

And Andrews posits that the demand will increase as healthcare payers start requiring more specific ICD-10 codes on medical claims.