More high-profile organizations will call for another ICD-10 delay.
Last year the government delayed the transition to the ICD-10 code set used to represent diseases, injuries and medical procedures in clinical and billing software. The AHA was pleased with the new Oct. 1, 2014 deadline, but the AMA and the MGMA want to move further, saying ICD-10 conversion is too costly and challenging. Other professional groups, including AHIMA and CHIME, prefer not to budge again, since the U.S has known since the late 1990s that the existing code set, finalized by the World Health Organization in 1979, is outdated. The critics have a point, though, and another association will likely join them in calling for additional ICD-10 delays this year.