The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics should consider taking certain actions before finalizing its recommendations on the potential use of ICD-11 for morbidity coding, including working with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to determine if the potential benefits outweigh the health care operational issues, AHA told the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics Jan. 12.
“The AHA supports NCVHS in its effort to promote the transition to ICD-11 and educate industry stakeholders on its potential to offer enhanced data reportability and consistency,” AHA wrote, responding to an NCVHS request for information on the issue. “However, before NCHVS finalizes a recommendation for an ICD-11 transition and implementation, the AHA encourages the NCVHS to provide side-by-side ICD-10 to ICD-11 case scenario comparisons and an in-depth analysis specifying reporting differences, benefits and challenges. Access to this type of information will better position organizations to understand the impacts of an ICD-11 transition. It will also help inform responses to the questions posed in this RFI.”