How to Register in ahcancalED 

Easy as 1, 2, 3 !

click the image button found in the upper right corner of your screen or follow these three easy steps below! 


Step 1


Go to the ahcancalED site at https://educate.ahcancal.org/and LOG IN using the orange button in the upper left hand corner.

Use your usual user name and password that you would use for LTC Trend Tracker or the AHCA NCAL website. 

If you cannot remember your login- go here and follow the steps to access your account. 

If you are new: click CREATE ACCOUNT button and follow the directions on this page.

Step 2


New Users: Complete all necessary fields on the "Create an account" screen and; 

*Please note* you must add your member facility name to your login*

Once you are in and can see your name in the upper left hand corner, you are ready to add this product to your cart and checkout. 

Step 3


Almost there!

Click the green register button.

Click the blue COMPLETE REGISTRATION NOW, Fill out the registration and payment details and voila! The products are yours to use indefinitely and can be found in your dashboard (shown on the left hand side of the web page). 

Need further help? Email us at educate@ahca.org

We’ll walk you through it.


The AHCA ICD-10 PDPM training is designed to position SNF professionals to be successful in a PDPM environment.  The ICD-10 content, while PDPM specific, is complex.  AHCA’s recommends a slow deliberate pace as trainees move through both the coder and non-coder versions.  To aid with placing the ICD-10 content on perspective, we recommend watching the following pre-recorded webinars:

  • PDPM Basics; and
  • Walk-Through of CMS’ ICD-10 Mapping Tool

Also, of note, CMS may revise its ICD-10 mapping.  Should the Agency take such steps, AHCA will release a Version 2 of the training.  

The Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) takes effect on October 1, 2019 and the Resource Utilization Groups (RUGs) system ends. PDPM relies on rapid, accurate patient assessment and diagnosis, and on MDS and ICD-10 coding to determine payments for each SNF patient.  Incorrect or insufficient coding can significantly impact the payment rate for each patient. Building ICD-10 coding proficiency is essential to ensure proper reimbursement for needed care and services. SNF billing staff, MDS staff, nursing and therapy staff, and admissions and discharge staff all need to be coding proficient.  

To assist in the building of coding proficiency, AHCA has partnered with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) to offer two targeted on-line trainings. 

This in-depth course features eight modules covering coding and clinical documentation improvement (CDI). The course prepares SNF coders for ICD-10 and include ICD-10-CM coding guidelines, CDI program implementation, and best practices for the transition to PDPM. (16 AHIMA CEs are available upon completion)

Program Fees:

Member $499.00 

Non-Member $599.00

  • 0-25- no discount
  • 26-75 or more -  $75 off
  • Over 76 – 150 - $100 off
  • 151+ contact rep for negotiated price

Please visit our FAQs to get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions pertaining to the course and group purchasing. If you require additional assistance, please email educate@ahca.org and we'll be happy to help. 

Frequently Asked Questions
What is the ICD-10 for Coders?

It is an in-depth course designed for SNF billing staff, MDS staff, Nursing and Therapy staff, and Admissions and Discharge staff. 

Do you have to be an AHCA member to register for the ICD-10 for Coders Training?

No, both AHCA members and nonmembers are eligible to participate in the course.

How much does it cost to take the ICD-10 for Coder training?

Registration fee: $499 members, $599 nonmembers. Payment and registration is completed by individual participant in the AHIMA ICD-10 PDPM – For Coders product in ahcancalED.

How can an individual register and pay for ICD-10 for Coder? 

The individual who wants to take the course must login to ahcancalED and register for the course under their individual login.  Payment will be made in ahcancalED upon registration via credit card or e-check. During the checkout process you will have the option to add more than one individual to your cart. This can only be done if all individuals have an ahcancalED account.

How can an organization group register and pay for ICD-10 for Coder?

One user can purchase multiple registrations for other users by adding them to their cart during the checkout process. The price of the training will be based on each registrant’s member type (member or non-member).

Group purchase is available for groups of 26 or more. If you are interested in group purchasing, please email educate@ahca.org

AHCA offers the following discount structure for groups: 26-75 registrations will receive $75 off each registration. 76- 150 or more registrations will receive $100 off each registration. Group of 151+ please contact educate@ahca.org for negotiated price.

After full payment is made for group purchase of ICD-10 for Coder, the designated individuals who the course registration payment was made for, will be provided with a unique group code for their group which will translate to $0 due upon registration (because full payment has already been received).  One code will be provided for each group with a max allowance of times that the code can be used based on the group’s payment. 

Each individual will need to login to the AHCA website to access ahcancalED and then complete their own registration using the group code.

Can I get a refund if I no longer want to take the course?

No refunds are issued.

Can my registration be transferred to a colleague?

Registrations cannot be transferred. The individual that registers for the course is the only one that has access to it.

Where can I find the AHCA recommended pre-training? 

AHCA’s recommends a slow deliberate pace as trainees move through both the coder and non-coder versions. To aid with placing the ICD-10 content on perspective, we recommend watching the following pre-recorded webinars: PDPM Basics; and Walk-Through of CMS’ ICD-10 Mapping Tool You can access this free training at this link, AHCA ICD-10 PDPM Pre-Training

What are the requirements to successfully complete ICD-10 for Coder?

Participate in each module and successfully complete the final assessment (achieve at least 70% correct)

The final assessment may be attempted three times before the participant is required to repeat the module and then reattempt answering questions. 

Complete course evaluation at the end of the course. 

How long does it take on average to complete the ICD-10 for Coders course?

The learning time of all modules, review of additional resources, time to complete the modules and final course evaluation and final test accounts for 16 hours. 

Participants are encouraged to spread out the course over time in an organized manner – such as scheduling module reviews on various dates/times when they can focus their attention to it.  The course could be completed within a week or over several months based on how the individual would like to approach the program. 

Are Contact Hours awarded for ICD-10 for Coders?

Yes, 16 CNEs for nurses or 16 AHIMA CEUs for Health Information Management (HIM) professionals.

What does a participant get when they complete the ICD-10 for Coders?

Participants receive two certificates at the completion of ICD-10 for Coders:

  • AHIMA CEU certificate for Health Information Management professionals
  • CNE Certificate for Nurses
How long does the certificate last?

Certificate of completion does not expire.

How can someone renew their certificate?

The certificate of completion does not require renewal.

Is ICD-10 for Coders a certification?

No, ICD-10 for Coders is a specialized training program with a certificate upon successful completion.

I am having technical difficulties with ICD-10 for Coders, can you help?

Please email us at educate@ahca.org.

For the best user experience we recommend that you use a PC with Google Chrome, Windows and Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher. If you are using a Mac, please use the Safari web browser. For viewing videos, please use high speed/broadband internet connect. Wifi is not recommended. Also, please make sure you do not have pop-ups disabled in your internet browser settings.

I notice the course does not appear in chronological order. Why?

Chapters 15 and 16 have been excluded as they address pregnancy, childbirth and newborn conditions. These conditions are not relevant to SNF residents and the PDPM.  Additionally, Chapter 20 covers external cause of injury codes, which are also not applicable to the SNF and PDPM.

Chapter 13 covers the musculoskeletal system, including fractures.  Chapter 19 covers injuries, which includes traumatic fractures.  For this reason, it seemed logical to include these two chapters in the same module.

Where can I find the handouts for the modules?

The handouts are located at the top menu bar of the training labeled “handouts”. Each pdf will open in a separate window and excel documents will download and prompt you to open or save the file. 

 How can I pause/ rewind the video? 

 To locate the pause and rewind functions for the video modules, please hover your mouse over the video and the tool bar below will display. You can easily click within the time bar to rewind to a certain time in the video program. 

Components visible upon registration.

Maria N. Ward, MEd, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P

Director of HIM Practice Excellence for AHIMA

Maria N. Ward, MEd, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P is a director of HIM Practice Excellence for AHIMA. In her role she provides professional practice expertise to AHIMA members, the media and outside organizations on coding practice issues. She authors and supports AHIMA online ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT coding education and serves as faculty for AHIMA coding workshops, including ICD-10-CM/PCS Academies and Crack the Codes.  In addition, she is a technical advisor for the Association on ICD-10-CM/PCS and CPT coding publications.

Prior to joining AHIMA, Ms. Ward served as HIM Director and Compliance Officer for a small chain of acute care hospitals specializing in inpatient physical rehabilitation and inpatient geriatric psychiatry. She has over 20 years of HIM experience in various roles, including inpatient and physician coding, and medical transcription. As an educator, she was an adjunct faculty member at South Plains College in Lubbock, Texas, and has provided coder training across the country. Additionally, she spent over ten years working in the long-term care industry in HIM and administration.

Ms. Ward holds a Master of Education and a Bachelor in Healthcare Administration from Wayland Baptist University in Lubbock, Texas, as well as an Associate in Health Information Management from South Plains College in Lubbock, Texas. She is a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), a Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) and a Certified Coding Specialist for Physicians (CCS-P).

Click here to purchase your copy of the AHIMA ICD-10-CM Code Book, 2019