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First Independence Corp. (FICF) Codesmart University™ ICD Courses Approved For CEU Credits By Top Medical Coding Associations

First Independence Corp. and its subsidiary, The Codesmart™ Group, an ICD-10 education and solutions group, reported that its Codesmart™ University study programs are now eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEU) for existing medical coders, as certified by the Association of Professional Coders (APPC) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

ICD-10, or the tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases, is approved by the World Health Organization for the designation of the aspects of disease treatment that include categories of diseases and treatment modalities for them. This tenth revision of the ICD has been broken down into more than 141,000 designations vs. only 17,000 codes, diagnoses, and procedures in the previous version ICD.

The Codesmart Group says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has mandated that all medical practices, hospitals, and other medical record keeping organization be trained and ICD-10 compliant by October 1, 2014. Codesmart University's eligibility as a CEU provider positions it within the appropriate realm within the coding educational system and government mandate.

"With the two best recognized licensing organizations offering CEU credit, which medical coder members are required to obtain on a yearly basis in order to maintain their certifications, this is an acknowledgement that Codesmart University may be considered the "Gold Standard" of ICD-10 education," Ira Shapiro, chairman and CEO of the Codesmart Group, stated in the press release. "Our methodology is integrated and flexible and it allows for any kind of adult learner to succeed in learning this information in any of our programs of study whether they are physicians, nurses, medical coders, or a new student looking to embark on a career in medical coding."

The Codesmart Group also provides solutions for ICD-10 transitions, outsource coding, coding audits, critical documentation improvement, and the revenue cycle continuum.

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