by: Sarah Joson
Friday, October 24, 2014 | Outsourcing News |
During the recent launch of the American Health Information Management Association’s (AHIMA) series of conferences in San Diego, the industry body focused on ICD-10. As part of their campaign to communicate their concerns, AHIMA sent out 7,000 letters to members of the Congress and their staff, and made over 10,000 phone calls pushing for the immediate implementation HealthData Management reforms.
AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon said the healthcare industry was given enough time to prepare for the ICD-10 transition. In fact, a lot of healthcare systems, third party payors and physicians’ offices, and hospitals gladly prepared for the implementation deadline.
Moreover, the executive pointed out that industry partners have already invested so much that postponing it is out of the question. The implementation process of the ICD-10 taught them so much about advocacy and how to stand up for their beliefs and patients.
Last March, AHIMA was surprised when H.R. 4302, the "Doc-Fix" bill which aims to push back the ICD-10 deadline to October 1, 2015, was served. Since then, AHIMA has worked diligently to prevent any further congressionally-driven delays.
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