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Home > Curriculum > PMI Basics: Introduction to ICD-10-CM Coding

PMI Basics: Introduction to ICD-10-CM Coding

This course provides basic level instruction in diagnostic coding for the medical practice or outpatient setting. Medical coders abstract details from the healthcare providers' reports to select or validate the proper ICD-10-CM code(s). Participants will learn to find the condition in the alphabetic index and verify the code in the Tabular list. Coding conventions, general guidelines and chapter specific guidelines will be introduced and clarified.

Gain insight into why it is important to code the highest degree of specificity. Learn to pay close attention to all coding instructions and understand the coding system's format and structure. Grasp how to use the place holder "X or the 7th character when appropriate. Identify and comprehend terms like sequela, laterality, includes/excludes, etiology, code first, code additional, see also, and unspecified code. Course includes instructional companion manual and access to faculty to address specific questions.

Program Highlights:

  • Overview of the diagnostic coding process
  • Understand the coder's role and responsibility
  • Learn proper use of the ICD-10-CM coding book
  • Review code examples
  • Hands on practice utilizing your code set manual

Who Should Attend?

  • Novice outpatient coders
  • Managers, clinical and administrative staff seeking an overall understanding of the coder's role and responsibilities in the healthcare setting.
  • Experienced coders seeking a refresher on diagnostic coding.


This is a basic-level course. Content assumes an awareness of the role of medical coding in relation to outpatient provider reimbursement.

What to Bring

Participants will need a self-supplied, current ICD-10-CM code set manual for this course.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

PMI CEU APPROVED Earn 3 PMI CEUs for attendance at this program. Practice Management Institute grants CEUs for its certified professionals based on total number of instructional hours (1 CEU per hour of classroom instruction). CEUs may be applied to annual recertification requirements, as directed in the certification renewal requirements for your credential(s).

If you are seeking CEU credits for other certifications or organizations, please contact your organization for pre-approval and credit guidelines. A certificate of attendance will be provided.

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