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…but how long have they been saying it?

Find the answer in the Coalition's latest infographic.

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Dual coding proposal is equivalent to mandating another ICD-10 delay

The Coalition for ICD-10 responds to a proposal that a dual coding system approach be implemented in which small physician offices would be allowed to submit claims coded in either ICD-10 or ICD-9 during a transition period.

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ICD-10: “What to leave in, what to leave out”

Some argue that the additional clinical detail in ICD-10 will be a burden. On the other hand, physician specialty societies have requested even more detail be added to ICD-10. What to leave in? What to leave out?

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New Survey of Small Physician Practices Reveals Significantly Lower Cost for ICD-10 Transition

Financial barriers to ICD-10 implementation for the small physician practice are dramatically less than originally projected, according to a new study by (PAHCOM).

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Commentary: Waiting for ICD-11

In what at times feels like an unending barrage of excuses why the U.S. should further delay moving to ICD-10, one of the frequently repeated reasons is that we should wait until ICD-11 is ready for implementation.

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A Response to AMA President Dr. Robert Wah

In his recent speech to the AMA House of Delegates, AMA president Dr. Robert Wah characterized the planned implementation of ICD-10 as analogous to the dark forces controlling the galaxy in the movie Star Wars.

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New Study: Cost of ICD-10 Conversion Much Lower than Estimated

A study published in the Journal of AHIMA presents new data on the cost of ICD-10 conversion for small physician practices. After evaluating training, code books, end to end testing, super bill conversion, and other elements, the study determined costs ranged from $1,960 – $5,900, which is dramatically lower than initially estimated.

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What Physicians Need to Know About the ICD-10 Transition

Since publication of the ICD-10 final rule in 2009, much attention has been paid to the new coding system’s implementation. Despite the significant amount of information published about ICD-10, many misconceptions persist. This FAQ from AHIMA covers basic facts about the ICD-10 transition that are of particular interest to physicians.

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Mapping Relationships Do Not Predict Impact of ICD-10-CM on Patient Safety Indicator Reporting

In a new research study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (“Challenges and remediation for Patient Safety Indicators in the transition to ICD-10-CM”), the researchers claim to have found that the transition to ICD-10-CM will lead to underreporting or overreporting of some Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs). However, no conclusions regarding the impact of ICD-10-CM on PSIs should be made as a result of this study, as the approach used in this study does not accurately predict the impact of ICD-10-CM on patient safety indicator data. Read more

ICD-10: A Common Language for Public Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called the West Africa Ebola outbreak an international public health emergency. This infographic presents the public health benefits of using ICD-10 in the fight against Ebola.

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