Clarifying The Transition To ICD-10


One of the groups upset over the delay of ICD-10 is the American Health Information Management Association, representing health information professionals.

According to Healthcare Informatics, the delay would “cost the industry an additional $1 billion to $6.6 billion on top of the already incurred costs from the previous one-year delay. This does not include the lost opportunity costs of failing to move to a more effective code set.”

The group plans to “continue to do everything possible to help healthcare organizations prepare for the transition, while making it clear that they will oppose any further delays, and speaking out against what they see as myths propagated by the opponents of the ICD-10 coding system.”

AHIMA’s Sue Bowman says ICD-10 “doesn’t add to the complexity of the system; indeed, it provides clinical clarity that speaks to patient safety.” She believes only a few people actually have a problem with ICD-10 and “the vast majority of people, including physicians, are in support of the ICD-10 transition.”

Bowman says “There’s been so much fear-mongering out there, but once physicians experience it, they say, oh, this isn’t so bad.” She recommends physicians begin to get practice with ICD-10 by dual coding sooner than later.

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