AHIMA weighs in on ICD-10

A statement from AHIMA:


AHIMA members,

This week’s announcement from Health and Human Services (HHS) to pursue a delay was indeed a disappointment for all of us who have worked so hard to support the implementation of ICD-10. This surprise announcement reaffirms that AHIMA’s leadership on ICD-10 has never been more important. AHIMA is committed to advocating for ICD-10 to be implemented as soon as possible.

In the coming hours, days and weeks, we will be reaching out to those making the decisions to educate them about the importance of ICD-10 and encourage them to keep this delay as short as possible. You and I know the benefits to implementing ICD-10 are enormous—it will make our healthcare system more efficient and cost effective, and the richer data provided by ICD-10 will help improve the quality of healthcare for all patients. We also know that many of you have been working in good faith to prepare for this deadline.

We are meeting today to discuss short- and long-term strategies for addressing this challenge and will be calling on you for your support. In the meantime, we encourage you to maintain your vigilance in preparation for ICD-10 and to offer your expertise to others. As you know, AHIMA is here to help as the industry makes this change.

Thank you for your continued commitment to advance HIM and your dedication to AHIMA. We will keep you up to date as we move forward.

Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, FACHE, AHIMA Chief Executive Officer


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