The College of Healthcare Information Management (CHIME) submitted its comments on the proposed one-year delay on ICD-10 implementation, calling it an appropriate middle ground but recommending against more delays or uncertainties. The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), meanwhile, reiterated its position that there should be no delay in the deadline.
CHIME urged the Department of Health and Human Services to remain committed to implementing ICD-10 and stated that a longer delay would “seriously disrupt” ongoing conversion efforts and increase associated costs significantly. AHIMA would prefer there be no delay at all, but is working with HHS and the industry to minimize the delay as much as possible, noting that ICD-9 is “antiquated” and doesn’t meet the needs of a modern healthcare system.
Medical billing software like Lytec, Allscripts MyWay, and Medisoft needs to be ICD-10 ready before the deadline arrives. Leading reseller Microwize Technology can help smooth the transition when the time comes.