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Healthcare News: AAPC opposes ICD-9 freeze prior to ICD-10 implementation

JustCoding News: Outpatient, October 7, 2009

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On its Web site, the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) states that it does not support a freeze to ICD-9-CM coding updates prior to the October 1, 2013 implementation of ICD-10.

In a statement directed to members of the ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee, which met in Baltimore September 16 and 17, the AAPC stated that because medical science is continually evolving, the committee should limit any suspension of updates to diagnostic coding so it does not affect reporting accuracy.

However, the association does support a freeze to changes to ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS beginning October 1, 2012. According to the AAPC statement:

Because all users will be setting up entirely new systems to accommodate ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS in the year(s) prior to implementation, AAPC supports a freeze on changes to the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS code sets beginning Oct. 1, 2012 (one year prior to implementation) and continuing until Oct. 1, 2014 (one year following implementation). This will provide a 24-month hiatus from any changes to the new system, which will ease the burden of adoption for all participants.

Learn more about this potential code freeze by accessing the following articles on JustCoding.com’s blog, ICD-10 Watch:



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