March 16, 2015

Living with ICD-11

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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 It makes absolutely no sense to force my practice to go through the time and expense of adopting an outdated system when there is a viable alternative that will soon be available.”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. 

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