It depends on how you learn but there are free resources that can help you learn ICD-10 coding.
For example, there are bloggers who explain examples of how to use ICD-10 codes in specific scenarios. These aren't meant to replace ICD-10 training but can help medical coders understand the new code sets:
- ICD-10 essentials for busy physicians who would rather be doing something else is Rhonda Butler's series that examines how the more common ICD-10 codes will be used within medical specialties. Her goal is to help physicians build medical coding cheat sheets and emphasize the point they don't need to memorize 68,000 codes.
- SuperCoder Bolt updates the blog every two to three weeks with an explanation of how a diagnosis or procedure is treated differently in the ICD-10 code set.
- ICD-10 Trainer can be counted on a couple times each week to run through coding examples in a fun way. Let's be honest, this is a pretty dry subject. That's why I give Michelle Leppert a lot of credit for her scenarios that set up a need to use ICD-10 codes.
- The Coder Coach (aka Kristi Stanton) posted a series of lessons on how to code procedures with ICD-10-PCS code set. Her blog is mostly dormant but it's worth the time to explore the archives.
I know this is just a partial list of practical coding resources. Let me know what I missed and I will keep updating it.
Carl Natale blogs regularly at ICD10Watch.com.