We just reported yesterday on the American Medical Association’s (AMA) continued battle to stop the ICD-10 coding classification transition that is due to be finished in October 2014. Today, we learn about the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) responses to their protests.

Becker’s ASC Review brought this timely topic to our attention in their article, “AHIMA, CMS Respond to ICD-10 Criticism.” The article reminds those that are complaining about ICD-10 that the U.S. healthcare system has outgrown ICD-9, and ICD-11 is not ready to work in this country. This leaves ICD-10 as the next step for healthcare organizations.

In the world of ICD-10, many widely used tagging systems lack the user-friendly interface and may not implement a rigorous ANSI compliant coding subsystem. Access Innovations’ solutions are ANSI compliant and implement state-of-the-art technology to speed tagging and reduce errors.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.