In today’s social, shareable society, myths spread faster than ever. Fortunately, old-fashioned facts still trump inaccurate and misleading information.
The August issue of the Journal of AHIMA uses evidence to dispel three of the most persistent ICD-10 falsehoods in “Myths of ICD-10-CM/PCS.” The article is authored by Sue Bowman, MJ, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA, American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) senior director, coding policy and compliance. She is AHIMA’s representative to the Cooperating Parties, a group with direct input into the creation, maintenance, and updating of healthcare codes and guidelines for their use.
The three misperceptions addressed in the article are the idea that replacement of ICD-9-CM is not a necessity; the increase in the number of codes from ICD-9 to ICD-10 increases the difficulty of using the new code set; and that SNOMED CT or ICD-11 represent viable alternatives to ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation.
“The transition to ICD-10 continues to be inevitable and time sensitive,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA. “As the healthcare industry experiences an [Read more…]