Imagine an almost seamless transition from ICD-10 to ICD-11, unlike the sturm and drang that characterized the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 – which, finally, after the dust settled, became effective in 2015.
Eliminating the speed bumps could happen. The National Committee for Vital Health Statistics (NCVHS) recently sent a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), proposing that the massive agency use sub-regulatory processes to make version updates to the International Classification for Diseases (ICD) in the same way it handles updates to all the other named HIPAA code set standards. Moreover, HCVHS said that HHS should invest now in a project to evaluate ICD-11 and develop a plan that will enable a smooth and transparent transition at the optimal time.
Reporting our lead story during this edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays will be Margaret Skurka, past president of the International Federation of Health Information Management Associations, IFHIMA, and the current IFHIMA/AHIMA representative to the World Health Organization (WHO) Family of International Classifications Education and Implementation Committee. That committee does work on ICD-11, as well as work on improving the quality of coded data internationally while recognizing coders around the world.
The broadcast will also feature these other segments: