The American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) 2014 ICD-10 and Computer Assisted Coding (CAC) Summit was a great opportunity to gather up to date reaction to the ICD-10 delay.
Summit participants had the opportunity to share opinions in a real-time poll conducted via text that addressed a variety of key questions on ICD-10 and next steps. The poll found 88 percent of
respondents were disappointed by the ICD-10 delay. In addition:
- 42 percent of respondents said their organization has spent more than $1 million on implementation
- 91 percent of respondents said ICD-10 should not go into effect in stages
- 50 percent of respondents would – if allowed – be interested in voluntary reporting of ICD-10 codes beginning on Oct. 1 2014
- 54 percent of respondents did not want the partial code set freeze lifted
“This year’s Summit provided a valuable opportunity to assemble many of the key players in the ICD-10 transition and take the pulse of the industry,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA. “As a long-time champion of ICD-10, AHIMA continues to advocate that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announce Oct. 1, 2015, as the new implementation date. AHIMA stands ready to help the industry with the transition, and as an example, we plan to develop and disseminate a paper including policy informing recommendations as well as documents describing best practices to continue our work assisting the industry with implementation and training.”