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Monday, March 31, 2014

Americans: Tell Your Senators NOW to Promote Better Health Care with ICD10!


29 Adar II, 5774

BIG news in America's medical world: 

The World Health Organization long ago alerted the federal government and the medical world of the USA that compliance with the most recent version of the

International Classification of Diseases (ICD) 

had better occur by October 1, 2014. BUT... things did not work out smoothly. 

Some medical professionals objected to the most recent version, ICD10, citing its exacting levels of specificity and initially cumbersome use in daily life.

For reasons not clear to me, someone, not yet identified, inserted a single sentence to allow a vote against the use of ICD10 in a bill presented to Congress last week. 

The hullaballoo began on Wednesday. On Thursday the House of Representatives voted to delay ICD10 implementation another year. 

Today, Monday, US senators will vote to confirm or not to confirm that vote.

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) cites serious financial and medical objections to the denial of ICD10's implementation/use in the USA.

AHIMA is getting the word out in multimedia and social media. An ICD10 medical coding student poised to be certified with credentials from AHIMA this summer, I hope that you'll join us in asking US senators to vote "NO" to bill HR4302.

Here are some of my Tweets on the topic. Click on the links in those messages or go directly to AHIMA's website to learn more.

  • Know the facts US senators! A 1 year delay of could cost between $1 billion - $6.6 billion.
  • US Senators: is worth the effort. Understand why & vote no on HR4302.

  • I hope you'll join the Tweetfest and/or contact your senator directly, to promote the use of ICD10. 

    $1-6 BILLION is not chump change.

    Lives, quality of lives,
    the futures 
    of those lives 
    are at stake.

    In terms of medical care, medical research and more, the implementation of ICD10 is a most serious issue.

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