Accurate code assignment results in accurate data. Codes and guidelines are revised annually, resulting in a downstream effect on everything from reimbursement to public health reporting, making accurate classification of diagnoses and procedures extremely important.
Unlike any other service, AHIMA Code-Check® is unique in its ability to combine all four classification systems into a single solution, providing the industry with one location for expert coding support.
AHIMA’s Code-Check service is built on our experience of over 90 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, you can trust your questions with AHIMA.
AHIMA’s Code-Check is staffed by credentialed, experienced coders. Our experience spans multiple settings, such as inpatient, ambulatory care, and physician coding, and provides a unique ability to ask ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT, or HCPCS questions, with a one-business-day turnaround time.
Code-Check can be purchased by an individual or for an organization.
Organizational subscriptions can be purchased in larger quantities, making it easier to share among a large physician practice, entire coding departments, and even CDI specialists. Access can be controlled for staff members allowing read-only privileges, question limitations, and sharing abilities. Organize and build a library of answers your organization can refer to and managers can review, gaining insight into knowledge gaps for additional staff training opportunities.
All answers are based on sound coding guidelines released from both AHA Coding Clinic® and AMA CPT Assistant® and are straight from the trusted leader in health information—AHIMA.
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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 must be used within the subscription period. All unused questions will expire after the subscription period expires.
Q: How will I know if my employees are benefiting from using Code-Check®?
A: The owner of the Code-Check subscription may see all questions submitted and answers received within that subscription. With the ability to see your employees' questions in real time, you will be able to troubleshoot gaps in employee understanding and identify possible training opportunities.
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 by the end of the next business day
Q: When can I start using my Code-Check® Subscription?
A: Immediately upon purchase.
Q: How do I access my Code-Check® Subscription?
A: You will access your subscription using your Code-Check portal, which can be accessed at: portal.ahima.org
Q: What is the refund policy?
A: Only complete, unused subscriptions qualify for refund within 30 days of purchase; partially used subscriptions are considered as non-refundable. Returned Code-Check subscriptions are subject to a $25 cancellation fee. Customers who have cancelled their subscription will no longer have access to submit Code-Check questions under the cancelled subscription. Refund requests may be submitted by contacting AHIMA’s Customer Relations Department at (800) 335-5535.
Q: How will I know when my subscription is expiring?
A: Notifications will be sent via email at 30 days and 7 days before expiration. Real-time information is also available within the user’s portal.
Q: How many questions do I have remaining in my subscription?
A: This information will be available within your customer portal.
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 a.m.–5 p.m. CST.
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.
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
By the end of the next business day between 8 a.m. and 5 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.
ABOUT AHIMA CODE-CHECK
AHIMA Code-Check provides practical advice for health information management professionals with questions about ICD-10-CM, ICD-10-PCS, CPT, or HCPCS classification systems. Advice is based on sound coding guidelines provided in AHA Coding Clinic® and AMA CPT Assistant®.
Terms & Conditions
Subscribers to Code-Check® will be required to accept the following terms and conditions of use.
Code-Check TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF USE
Welcome to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Code-Check website. Please take a few minutes to review the following statements containing important legal information and other terms and conditions of use of this site.
Thank you for your cooperation.
IMPORTANT LEGAL AND OTHER INFORMATION
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The Site provides advice regarding common coding questions and is intended to assist users in making decisions. However, the information presented by Code-Check on or through the Site is designed to be advisory only. AHIMA does not guarantee the accuracy of any advice that is offered. Accordingly, information from Code-Check is provided with the understanding that Code-Check is not engaged in rendering official coding advice or services. Reliance on information provided by AHIMA is solely at your own discretion. AHIMA does not guarantee any advice and expressly disclaims any warranty regarding the same.
Code-Check answers may not be compiled or shared in any way or with anyone. For more information on submitting a Code-Check question or purchasing a subscription, please go to http://www.ahima.org/topics/codecheck.
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THE CONTENT OF THE SITE IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED TO BE SPECIFIC, INDIVIDUALIZED CODING DETERMINATIONS. THE CONTENT SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED COMPLETE, IS NOT EXHAUSTIVE, AND DOES NOT COVER ALL CODING QUESTIONS.
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Last Updated: August 30, 2018