In response to Andis Robeznieks' Groups fund ICD-10 cost study, dispute time frame":
Thank you for this article. I am very concerned that the American Health Information Management Association has endorsed going forward with ICD-10 because the largest impact that has not been discussed (to my knowledge) is the impact on documentation in electronic health records and the massive reworking that will be required to make EHRs compliant with ICD-10. This is more than a coding and billing issue because ICD-9 is the default problem list-coding scheme for clinical diagnoses within the EHR and used for clinical decisionmaking in the EHR. So that entire infrastructure will be disrupted.
I agree with the 4% increase in clinical time and suspect that until the tools are ready it will be substantially more. Why isn't this brought up by the health information technology community, I wonder?
Susan Thomas, M.D.Health IT consultant
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