AHIMA Takes Stance on Proposed ICD-10 Delay

No delay is preferable–but if there is a delay, it should be “limited and final.” That was the recommendation AHIMA sent to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in May in response to a proposed change in the timeline of ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation.

According to AHIMA’s comments, “setting back the compliance date ignores both the efforts of the healthcare industry and the ability to use the much-improved data code sets to support the crucial data needed to move the nation toward an electronic health record (EHR) and exchange infrastructure that will improve the quality of care through more detailed data, as well as improve our public health, quality, and outcomes data, provide information for better research, and lower the cost of delivering care.”

The US healthcare industry has known for at least 15 years that ICD-10-CM/PCS would be adopted as a replacement for the severely outdated and “broken” ICD-9-CM code set, AHIMA said.

AHIMA, along with many other healthcare associations, submitted recommendations before the 30-day comment period for the proposed rule ended on May 17. HHS proposed a one-year delay for the final compliance date for ICD-10-CM/PCS, making October 1, 2014, the new date.

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