ICD-10 Advocacy

Achieving ICD-10-CM/PCS Compliance in 2015: Staying the Course for Better Healthcare

Do you need a better understanding of the need for ICD-10-CM/PCS and the issues surrounding the 2014 (and possible future) delays? Read Achieving ICD-10-CM/PCS Compliance in 2015: Staying the Course for Better Healthcare—A Report from the AHIMA 2014 ICD-10/CAC Coding Summit.

This paper presents findings and discussions from the 2014 summit and includes short-term issues related to the recent delay in implementation. It also summarizes current thinking about opportunities for leveraging ICD-10-CM/PCS data and challenges in achieving timely ICD-10 readiness. Finally, it includes discussion of the opportunities presented by the delay and AHIMA’s recommendations for actions to maintain the momentum and position stakeholders to successfully transition to and implement ICD-10 on October 1, 2015.

Oppose Efforts to Delay ICD-10 to 2017

Now is the time to contact your federal legislators to express your support for the October 1, 2015 compliance date for ICD-10-CM/PCS, vocalize why ICD-10 is needed, and oppose any future legislative efforts to delay or derail the codes sets. Taking action is quick, easy, and effective. Be proactive NOW in light of the November 19th announcement that the Texas Medical Association is now encouraging Congress to delay ICD-10 until 2017, and the bills in both the House (H.R.1701) and Senate (S.972) opposing ICD-10 implementation.

ICD-10 Advocacy Now More Than Ever

As health information management (HIM) coding professionals and leaders we need to make our voices and messages heard regarding the importance of ICD-10 implementation in 2015. We need to be proactive NOW in light of recent bills in both the House (H.R.1701) and Senate (S.972) opposing ICD-10 implementation.

The improvement in code specificity is key for many diseases, (e.g., Alzheimer’s, where every 67 seconds someone in the United States develops this disease. Almost two-thirds of those who have Alzheimer’s in the United Sates are WOMEN!) ICD-10 is about the patient’s story through the classification system.

You are the voice of our profession and we need you now more than ever to reach out through social media and speak to our political representatives. Messaging about ICD-10 includes: ICD-10 improves quality of care, is more clinically relevant than ICD-9-CM, better reflects clinical severity and complexity and is a more accurate representation of provider performance. We need ICD-10 in 2015. Oppose any further delays in the implementation of this code set.

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has a quick and easy process for you to use in sending your comments and support for ICD-10 to the legislators. AHIMA’s Advocacy Action Center offers a pre-written editable electronic letter that you can sign and send directly to the legislators in your state.

Two steps that you should take immediately:
Visit AHIMA’s Advocacy Action Center today to send your letter http://capwiz.com/ahima/issues/alert/?alertid=63175786
Visit AHIMA’s Advocacy Action Center today to send your e-mail message
For California please e-mail AND call:
• U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
• U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Also contact your local area representative and ask for them to NOT support the HR 1701. Provide them with the following message, “ICD-10 improves quality of care, is more clinically relevant than ICD-9-CM, better reflects clinical severity, acuity and complexity of patients AND is a more accurate representation of provider performance. We need ICD-10 in 2015. Please oppose any further delays in the implementation of this code set.”

Now is the time to come to the aide of our profession and ICD-10! Even if you sent an e-mail or letter before, do it again; consistent and repeated messaging helps. Use AHIMA’s online Advocacy Assist and let your voice be heard!

AHIMA Action Center

Use the AHIMA Advocacy Action Center to contact your elected officials today to support AHIMA’s and CHIA’s advocacy efforts and oppose any efforts to further delay ICD-10. All you need to do is click on the Advocacy Action Center and follow the quick and easy steps to contact your elected officials using the pre-written, but editable, letters. Join the effort now and help educate your legislators on the importance of ICD-10 implementation, as scheduled, on October 1, 2015 and oppose the two “Cutting Costly Codes” bills (below) that would derail ICD-10 again.

AHIMA Action Alert Resources

On the AHIMA Action Alert webpage, members can also:
1. Look up your elected officials
2. See AHIMA’s legislative issues
3. Sign up for AHIMA’s Action Alert emails

Tweet your Support of ICD-10 to California Members of Congress TODAY!

Twitter handles for California Members of the 114th Congress

Frequently Asked Questions about ICD-10-CM/PCS

Use this list of ICD-10 Frequently Asked Questions to:
1. Use as talking points for discussions with your member of congress or others
2. Send to your member of congress or others who have questions about ICD-10

ICD-10 Advocacy - Featured Articles

All articles were published in the CHIA Journal.
Supporting ICD-10 is about clinical data and patient care - August 2014
Politics and the ICD-10 delay… Now keeping the momentum going - May 2014
ICD-10 awareness to physicians… An HIM opportunity - March 2014

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