AHIMA, CMS Respond to ICD-10 Criticism

AHIMA and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services responded to the American Medical Association's criticism of the ICD-10 implementation, according to EHR Intelligence.

The AMA has called ICD-10 an unnecessary administrative and financial undertaking, but Kathy DaVault, manager of professional practice resources at AHIMA, stated that the U.S. healthcare system has outgrown ICD-9 and ICD-11 is a decade away from being modified to work in this country. ICD-10 is the necessary next step.

CMS said it is working collaboratively with healthcare industry leaders to make the ICD-10 implementation as smooth as possible. The organization is also working on a formal response to the AMA's letter of concern.

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