Health Information Management

Topic: CMS awards contract to AHIMA to perform in-depth ICD-10 impact analysis

HIM-HIPAA Insider, October 30, 2007

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a contract with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) on October 2 that commissions AHIMA to assess the effects that ICD-10 will have on the healthcare industry.

AHIMA will analyze CMS' systems, policies, and operations to determine potential effects of transitioning from ICD-9 to ICD-10. This includes evaluating ICD-10's ability to support more accurate payment for new procedures, efficient claims processing, and improved disease management.

ICD-9, which was developed nearly three decades ago, has 17,000 codes, which limits its ability to accommodate new procedures and diagnoses. ICD-10 has approximately 210,000 available diagnosis and procedure codes that providers can use to reflect new diagnoses, procedures, and technologies. Currently, all G-7 countries, with the exception of the United States, have adopted ICD-10. (G-7 countries are the world's major financial nations. They include Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States.)

The National Center for Health Statistics, CMS, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintain ICD-10, which the World Health Organization originally developed.

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