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AHA, BCBSA tell Congress they support current ICD-10 timeline

July 12, 2013

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The AHA and Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) July 10 told Congress they oppose any action that seeks to further delay the October 2014 deadline for transitioning to the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modifications (ICD-10-CM) for all health care providers, and the ICD-10 Procedure Coding System for hospital reporting of inpatient procedures. “The adoption of ICD-10 is seen as an integral part of the [electronic health record] and will provide solid and detailed information to guide the innovations taking place in the delivery of health care services,” the groups told lawmakers. They said any delay “threatens to increase costs, as investments already made will not be fully leveraged and may need to be duplicated.” The letter noted that more than 94% of hospitals recently surveyed by the AHA were fairly confident that they would meet the implementation date, but noted meaningful use of EHRs as a competing priority. The health plans surveyed by BCBSA also expect to meet the deadline, the letter notes. For more, click on: http://tinyurl.com/ppge46m.