If the 20-year long transition to ICD-10 is any indication of the course of future updates to our basic healthcare data infrastructure, it is important to understand the tactics and motivation behind the policy debate and the campaign to stop ICD-10 implementation—and learn from the hard-won lessons.
Evidence suggests that the initial estimates of the costs and effort associated with ICD-10 implementation for physician offices has been overestimated and that vendors, health plans, and physicians have made considerable progress with fewer resources than had been previously estimated.
There has been an array of misperceptions, misinformation, and misrepresentations concerning ICD-10-CM/PCS—making it hard to discern the true facts. Due to the increased concerns, bills have been introduced in Congress to postpone or entirely abandon the con-version to ICD-10.
Most of the controversy regarding ICD-10 has focused on the assertion that the code set will impose a major burden on physicians due to its level of detail and the number of codes. However, this assertion is not supported by the facts.