Accurate code assignment results in accurate data. Because codes and guidelines are revised annually, accurate classification of diagnoses and procedures has a downstream effect on everything from reimbursement to public health reporting.
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AHIMA’s Code-Check®—part of the AHIMA Checkpoint™ Services designed to provide practical assistance to HIM professionals—is built on our experience of over 85 years of coding excellence, and 52 component state associations representing more than 103,000 health information professionals. As a recognized industry leader in HIM knowledge, we are a respected authority for coding education.
AHIMA’s Code-Check® is made up of credentialed, experienced coders to assist you. Our experience spans multiple settings such as inpatient, ambulatory care, and physician coding, and provides a unique ability to ask an ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT, or HCPCS question.
Code-Check®can be purchased by an individual or an organization. Especially important to organizations, AHIMA’s Code-Check® offers the ability to purchase larger quantity subscriptions. These subscriptions can be shared among a large physician practice, entire coding departments, and even CDI specialists.
Reporting tools will provide a breakdown of questions covering classification systems, specialty topics, and sub-topics. This helpful service allows managers the ability to view and share their respective staffs’ questions and solutions. As a result, managers can better target specific learning needs through identifying the types of questions asked by staff members.
Unlike other services, AHIMA Code-Check® is unique in its ability to combine all four classification systems into one service. This provides the industry with one location that answers all their questions and brings those answers together in standardized quarterly reports.
All answers are based on sound coding guidelines released from both AHA Coding Clinic® and AMA CPT Assistant®.
As a recognized leader in HIM knowledge and a respected authority for coding education, AHIMA is your number one resource for coding questions. Who else can you trust your questions to?
Q: Will Code-Check® replace Coding Clinic?
A: No, Code-Check® does not replace the AHA Coding Clinic®. AHA Coding Clinic® and AMA CPT Assistant® are authoritative advice from the bodies that publish those documents. Code-Check® was designed to help coders assign codes correctly and will utilize all coding guidelines and other regulatory and authoritative documents to help coders understand the code assignment and rationale.
Q: Can I ask a question about how a code will affect my reimbursement?
A: Code-Check® does not provide answers on how reimbursement is directly affected. Only questions regarding how to accurately code a diagnosis or procedure can be answered.
Q: Do you provide codes for the entire health record?
A: No, providing codes for the entire record is outside the scope of Code-Check®. Code-Check® is applicable only to individual ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT, and HCPCS related code assignment questions.
Q: How does a subscription work?
A: All questions purchased during a 12-month subscription period must be used within that period. All unused questions will expire after the 12-month subscription period.
Q: How will I know if my employees are benefiting from using Code-Check®?
A: Organizations have the unique ability to receive quarterly reports documenting all submitted questions and provided solutions. This helpful service allows managers the ability to review their staff’s questions resulting in more efficient targeting of learning needs.
Q: How does Code-Check® help me to be a better coder?
A: Code-Check® is meant as an educational resource. Our expert staff not only provides you with the answer, but the process through which the correct code was discovered. Code-Check® is designed to be an ongoing source of continuing education.
Q: How long do I have to wait for my question to be answered?
A: You will receive your coding solution along with the key steps taken to arrive at the correct code within one business day.
Q: When can I start using my Code-Check® Subscription?
A: Question submissions and responses are available as soon as you purchase a single question subscription or a bundle of questions and you follow the process to submit your question to Code-Check®.
Q: How do I use my Code-Check® Subscription?
A: Once a subscription is purchased, you will receive a coupon code by e-mail. This coupon code will then be used each time you have a question submission. You will continue to use the coupon code until your subscription has ended or you have run out of purchased questions.
Q: When is Code-Check® advice available?
A: Code-Check® advice is available during AHIMA's normal business hours, except for observed holidays.
AHIMA’s Standard Business Hours are 8:00-5:30 p.m. CST Monday-Friday
Whether you need help with one coding question or many, AHIMA’s Code-Check® has your solution. You can purchase a single question or a subscription for a bundle of questions that can be used over a 12-month period. You can ask any question related to ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT, or HCPCS code assignment.
Just place your order and you will receive a coupon code that can be redeemed for any coding question you have. If you buy a subscription, use the same coupon code until all the questions in your subscription “bank” have been spent. It’s as simple as that!
Types of Questions:
AHIMA’s Code-Check® is made up of credentialed, experienced coders to assist you with ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT or HCPCS questions.
Hours of Service: Questions can be submitted 24/7
One Business Day with responses delivered between 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m. CST
Single Question: Member $40 per question
Single Question: Non-Member $55 per question
12-month subscription, up to 12 questions: Member $316 per year
12-month subscription, up to 12 questions: Non-Member $460 per year
12-month subscription, up to 50 questions $1,625 per year
12-month subscription, up to 100 questions $3,000 per year
12-month subscription, up to 150 questions $4,350 per year
12-month subscription, up to 200 questions $5,600 per year
12-month subscription, up to 300 questions $8,100 per year
12-month subscription, up to 400 questions $10,000 per year
12-month subscription, up to 500 questions $11,000 per year
12-month subscription, up to 600 questions $12,000 per year
* Note that all organization/corporate purchases include quarterly reports documenting all submitted questions and provided solutions for all staff members.
If you are an individual or corporate subscriber to AHIMA Code-Check ®, follow the process below to submit your Code-Check® ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT, and HCPCS questions.
Step 1: Navigate to Code-Set Selection
Click on the “Submit Code-Check® Question ” button to the right in the quick links that corresponds to the type of code set question you have. There are four types of code set questions to choose from: ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT, and HCPCS. Click on the particular code set your question relates to, and you’ll be taken to a page with your code set type listed. Select it then click the “Add to Cart” button.
Step 2: Connect with AHIMA
If you’re already logged in to the AHIMA store, continue on to step 3.
If you already have an AHIMA ID and password, enter your AHIMA ID or e-mail and your password to continue to step 3.
If you do not have an AHIMA ID and password, provide your name and e-mail and specify a password on the right hand side of the screen.
Step 3: Redeem Your Coupon Code
After logging in, you’ll see your question listed. Click add to cart and then click on the shopping cart icon on the tool bar below the “My AHIMA” log. You will see the items in your cart and your cart summary. Click on the checkout button. Navigate to the bottom row, where you have space to enter your Coupon Code in the “Promotional Code” box. This is the same Coupon Code you received upon purchase of the question package.
Enter your Coupon Code in the text box and click the apply button. Your “total” for the order will now be $0.00. Complete the checkout process for your order.
Step 4: Receiving Your Order ID
From the order page, navigate to the “Digital Content” tab at the top of the AHIMA store page. Choose Code-Check Quizzes from the drop down menu under that tab. You will now be taken to the “Your Code Check” screen. From here you are able to submit your question. Click on the “Take Now” button of the type of question that you want to submit. Begin by entering your name, e-mail address, AHIMA ID, and Order ID. Your AHIMA ID is the same number you used when redeeming your coupon code. Your Order ID is available in the “Manage Account” section by clicking the icon with the person and check mark and then clicking on order history.
Now, answer the questions on the survey, upload any pertinent redacted documentation, and you’re done! An AHIMA-credentialed, experienced coder will respond to you by e-mail within one business day with responses delivered between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. CST.
Subscribers to Code-Check® will be required to accept the following terms and conditions of use.
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