ICD-10 Delay? NO WAY!

My day actually started late last night when I closed my books after studying ICD-10-CM Guidelines, Conventions and coding scenarios for yet another day.  I closed my eyes while promising myself that when I woke up, I’d review a couple more things and then finally take the assessment I’ve been preparing for.

I traveled to Chicago and attended the AHIMA ICD-10-CM Trainers Academy exactly two weeks ago today.  I paid for the flight and hotel along with AHIMA’s fee for the Academy out of my own pocket.  I knew I needed to do this because if I want to be taken seriously as a medical coder, I needed to have that well-known and respected title in order to prove my skill.

This morning when I woke up I was excited – TODAY WAS THE DAY!  I worked on a few things and started my final review – I was actually looking forward to the assessment.  At 2:20 I got the “urgent” email from AHIMA about needing to take immediate action.  I couldn’t believe it – an ICD-10 delay?  I tweeted, called Ohio’s three congressmen, and emailed my friends.  I hit Facebook, LinkedIn – even Pinterest!


I actually took the time to post a comment to whitehouse.gov. and talk my kids into tweeting congress members as well.  I’ve been following posts and commentary all over the place and when I finally looked at the time, it was after six o’clock.

Then it hit me – today was the day I was supposed to take my test…  Sigh…..  Why bother? I felt so defeated and just sat, staring at my books and notes when that familiar “ding” went off on my phone. Then another and another.   Brad Justus, the ICD-10 Whisperer from ICD10Watch was favoriting my tweets!

To really understand, you would have to go back to when you first started tweeting.  Remember how exciting it was to randomly get a message that “someone” was following you?  That’s where I’m at right now and when I got this on my phone


my entire mood shifted.  It’s after nine o’clock and as soon as I publish this post I’m taking the damn assessment!  I’ve worked hard preparing for it and I’m confident that if other people are still tweeting and talking about this, there is an amazing chance the language delaying ICD-10 will be removed and I need to be ready!

Thanks @Brad_Justus – wish me luck!


About Heidi Kollmorgen

My passion and interest involves anything related to medical billing, coding and health information management. I love to share what I learn and educate others so you have definitely come to the right place! ICD-10-CM is set to become mandatory beginning October 1, 2015. As an AHIMA ICD-10-CM Trainer also carrying the title of CCS-P (Certified Coding Specialist - Physician Based) you can be assured that quality care of your patients is the ultimate goal of my work as a consultant. HD Medical Solutions is dedicated to providing you with all your Revenue Cycle Management needs.
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