Thanks to de­lay, AHIMA’s ICD-10 sum­mit will now fo­cus on ICD-9

Modern Healthcare - - THE WEEK AHEAD - —Joseph Conn

Congress forced ev­ery health­care or­ga­ni­za­tion to ad­just their ICD-10 plans this month, and the Amer­i­can Health In­for­ma­tion Man­age­ment As­so­ci­a­tion was no ex­cep­tion.

The Chicago-based as­so­ci­a­tion for med­i­cal-records pro­fes­sion­als had its long-sched­uled ICD-10 sum­mit set for April 22-23 in Wash­ing­ton, with an agenda fo­cused on help­ing coders in what was to be the fi­nal six months be­fore the sched­uled Oct. 1 con­ver­sion to the com­plex new cod­ing sys­tem.

But on April 1, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama signed a bill tem­po­rar­ily patch­ing the Medi­care sus­tain­able growth-rate for­mula for pay­ing doc­tors and de­lay­ing the ICD-10 com­pli­ance date un­til at least Oct. 1, 2015.

The Health­care In­for­ma­tion and Man­age­ment Sys­tems So­ci­ety had touted the sum­mit say­ing: “With the ICD-10 com­pli­ance dead­line just months away, it is more crit­i­cal than ever for the health­care in­dus­try to be pre­pared to ef­fec­tively man­age the tran­si­tion.” Now the rewrit­ten AHIMA blurb says at­ten­dees will “hear the lat­est in­for­ma­tion on the ICD-10-CM/PCS de­lay and how this de­lay has af­fected other or­ga­ni­za­tions’ im­ple­men­ta­tion plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion.”

Con­fer­ence speak­ers are ad­just­ing their slides and talk­ing points, said Deb­o­rah Green, AHIMA’s ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent. Other than that, the con­fer­ence is “mov­ing ahead as planned,” she said. Well, not ex­actly.

AHIMA also is mak­ing other ad­just­ments. “We are reprint­ing ICD-9 code books to make sure they have enough sup­ply (and) we are rein­vig­o­rat­ing an ICD-9 on­line course,” Green said.

“We have to deal with the fact that it is ICD-9 to­day,” Green lamented. “Un­til we have a new date, we have to com­mit to not test­ing stu­dents on any­thing but ICD-9 un­til 10 is a re­al­ity.”


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