March 16, 2015

Living with ICD-11

By

Opponents to the adoption of ICD-10 have been quick to assert that the nation’s healthcare system should bypass it and make the leap to ICD-11 when it is introduced.

Typical of this rationale is a quote from a form letter that the Florida Medical Association (FMA) has been urging its members to send to their elected representatives. In the cut-and-paste version on the association’s website, FMA president Alan B. Pillersdorf, MD, offers this argument for members to use in letter-writing campaigns.

 

“ICD-10 is old technology developed during the 1980s. ICD-11, designed for use with EHRs (electronic health records) and the Internet, is right around the corner. It makes absolutely no sense to force my practice to go through the time and expense of adopting an outdated system when there is a viable alternative that will soon be available.”

But how soon ICD-11 will be available is still unknown.

In remarkable broadcast scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, T.B. Ustun from the World Health Organization (WHO) will return to Talk-Ten-Tuesday to provide listeners with an update on ICD-11. Ustun will be joined by Stanford researchers Tania Tudorache, PhD, and Mark Musen, MD, PhD. Healthcare consultant Deborah Grider, who has tested ICD-11, will provide a coder’s perspective.

The broadcast airs Tuesday, March 17 at 10 a.m. EST. Register here.

Mark Spivey

Mark Spivey is a national correspondent for ICDmonitor.com who has been writing on numerous topics facing the nation’s healthcare system (and federal oversight of it) for five years. 

Related Stories

  • Making the Case for Good Auditing
    In this article, the author gives a shout-out to auditors for the good work they do. For those of you who are CEOs, CFOs, medical directors, etc., I would like you to take a moment and read the excerpt below,…
  • We are Now in an ICD-10 World – But is Data Better?
    Unfortunately, the quality of data is driven less by opportunity and more by incentives for those creating the data.Prior to the implementation of ICD-10, the key selling point of the new coding set was that it provided the opportunity for…
  • ICD-10 Coding: Three Ways to Improve Quality: Consistency, Collaboration, and Education
    Quality coding plays a critical role in protecting revenue and reducing operational costs.Results of the 2nd Annual National Coding Productivity and Accuracy Contest were released in September 2017. Although accuracy rates were higher than reported following the same contest in…