Delaying ICD-10 is basically enabling those who won’t step up…

What would you say to a friend or family member who continues to support someone who doesn’t try, refuses to do “the right thing” and procrastinates time and time again at the expense and sacrifice of others?  You would say “Stop enabling them!  Make them accountable and stop accepting their excuses!”

When that friend or family member justifies it by saying they are too busy, or they do try – they just don’t have time, you probably just shake your head and accept it.  Later when you talk to others you admit that all they are doing is “enabling” that person by letting them continue to take advantage of others.  The cycle never stops and the same tired excuses just continue to be made.

That is basically what will happen if the Senate does not remove language from H.R. 4302 delaying implementation of ICD-10. It should also be noted how this is the same bill which also includes support of a one year extension of the Special Diabetes Program.  How can you support that program and not allow implementation of  ICD-10 which would allow for much greater specificity and accuracy with the new diabetes codes? Diagnosis codes are not only used for claims submission.  Those same codes are also used for research and the outdated ICD-9 prevents valid identification of the actual signs, symptoms, injury, disease and cause for the very people who need it the most.

When will we make the U.S. accountable and start using the code set every other country has been using for years, especially since the last delay resulted in so much more awareness and effort from those who support ICD-10. What is the bottom line answer explaining why this continues to be delayed year after year?

MEDICINE NEEDS A MORE ACCURATE AND DESCRIPTIVE CODE SET TO IDENTIFY AND DOCUMENT HOW AND WHY PATIENTS ARE BEING TREATED.

WHY IS THE UNITED STATES THE ONLY COUNTRY DELAYING ICD-10 IMPLEMENTATION?

1. Cost can’t be a factor – billions have already been spent and countless hours have been sacrificed by hospitals, facilities, vendors and INDIVIDUALS –many of which have done so with their own money!
2. Education can’t be a factor – The Affordable Care Act allowed Health Information Management curriculum to be developed and implemented in numerous colleges and other educational institutions to prepare the industry. Countless websites, insurance companies and many others, including CMS offer FREE training and resources to learn ICD-10.
3. Time can’t be a factor – The United States began the process to modify the World Health Organization’s ICD-10 code set in 1994. Draft version of ICD-10-CM were made available in 2002, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 and the opportunity for public comment has been offered time and time again. Why has it taken the U.S. over TWENTY YEARS to adopt this code set?

If time, money and education are the some of the reasons the AMA and other opponents support delaying ICD-10, why haven’t they postponed vacations, time off, improvements to their homes and/or offices, bonuses, conferences etc. Why haven’t they used some of that time and money instead to take advantage of FREE EDUCATION offered by cms.gov and countless other sources so we can finally adopt ICD-10 and begin implementation?

If a healthcare provider can “block off” a week or two here and there for the examples listed above, why would it be so difficult to “block off” time and work with staff and others to improve documentation and understanding of the billing cycle along with ICD-10?  I guess the answer is the same one given when there is always a support system willing to enable you to keep making the wrong choices.

UNITED STATES DOCTORS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS CANNOT ARGUE THE VALUE OF ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS CODING SUPPORTED BY COMPLETE AND VALID DOCUMENTATION IN THE MEDICAL RECORD.

REMOVING THE LANGUAGE DELAYING ICD-10 IN H.R. 4302 WILL ALLOW THE THOUSANDS OF INDIVIDUALS, HOSPITALS, VENDORS, EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND MANY OTHERS TO UTILIZE WHAT EACH OF THEM HAS TIRELESSLY PREPARED FOR.

PLEASE DON’T PENALIZE THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE WORKED SO HARD ONLY TO ENABLE THOSE WHO ARE STILL NOT READY AFTER 15+ YEARS OF NOTICE.   UNACCEPTABLE EXCUSES CANNOT BE ACCEPTED ANY LONGER!

~Heidi

About Heidi Kollmorgen

My passion and interest involves anything related to medical billing, coding and health information management. I love to share what I learn and educate others so you have definitely come to the right place! ICD-10-CM is set to become mandatory beginning October 1, 2015. As an AHIMA ICD-10-CM Trainer also carrying the title of CCS-P (Certified Coding Specialist - Physician Based) you can be assured that quality care of your patients is the ultimate goal of my work as a consultant. HD Medical Solutions is dedicated to providing you with all your Revenue Cycle Management needs.
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