March 7, 2013

HHS to AHIMA: No Delay on ICD-10

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Firing dual warning shots across the bow last month, both the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) sent letters to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking her to hold firm to the October 2014 implementation date for ICD-10.

 

Both letters appeared to be in response to the continuing push by the American Medical Association (AMA) to advocate for leapfrogging from ICD-10 to ICD-11.

Last November, during its 2012 interim meeting in Honolulu, the AMA reaffirmed its opposition to ICD-10 and advocated transitioning straight to ICD-11, which is expected to be ready for implementation in 2015.

The AHIMA letter drew a response from Robert S. Tagalicod, director of the federal Office of E-Health Standards and Services, who, writing on behalf of the secretary, said the agency agreed to “maintain our commitment to the October 2014 compliance date.” Tagalicod went on to say that “CMS (the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) has taken action to reinforce this message to the industry and (has) responded to the American Medical Association.”

Tagalicod’s letter is posted on the AHIMA website.

 

Reference:

CMS Letter

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Chuck Buck

Chuck Buck is the publisher of ICD10monitor and is the executive producer and program host of Talk Ten Tuesdays.