The American Health Information Management Association has rallied to the defense of the Oct. 1, 2013 deadline for the implementation of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, indicating its disappointment with an American Medical Association resolution this week to fight ICD-10 implementation.
AHIMA responds to AMA ICD-10 vote
"There are countless benefits that will come from the use of a 21st century classification system," new AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon said in an e-mailed news release. "We need to move our disease classification system toward international standards and also align it with the meaningful-use incentive program as well as value-based reimbursement. The provider reimbursement system is moving to payment for quality care, and the use of a more contemporary, detailed coding system that will support quality care, public health and research both nationally and internationally."
On Monday, the AMA's House of Delegates passed a resolution calling on the organization to rally physicians to "vigorously work to stop the implementation" of ICD-10 and "assess an appropriate replacement" to the aging ICD-9 system now in use.
"Our position is we should have implemented this 10 years ago and it would have been cheaper and easier then, but now we have to bite the bullet," said Sue Bowman, director of coding policy and compliance with the AHIMA.
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