Your leadership ensured that HIM professionals from across the country had the opportunity to voice their concerns with Congress in just a short time frame. With the passage of H.R. 4302, your leadership is needed now more than ever to ensure that the momentum toward preparing for ICD-10 implementation is not lost. AHIMA’s 71,000 members will need to voice their opposition with Congress to ensure that no additional delays occur. Throughout the next year, I will be working with you by individual state(s), regions and demographics (e.g. students and educators) to ensure that we continue to educate Congress on the value and necessity of ICD-10. Periodically, I will ask you to send out messages to your state membership and colleagues on HIM initiatives. We must show Congress that we are 71,000 strong—and we can do that by the sheer volume of members who weigh in with their elected officials. Therefore, I am asking you to share this message with your state membership to continue advocating for ICD-10: On April 1, 2014 President Obama signed H.R. 4302, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. As you know, Section 212 of the bill delayed ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation until at least October 1, 2015. To ensure that Congress does not pass another legislative delay, we need you to continue advocating for the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS. Please consider the following action items:
- Write your Members of Congress by using this link: http://capwiz.com/ahima/issues/alert/?alertid=63175786
- View AHIMA’s “ICD-10: A Legislative Review” webinar and share the information with our colleagues.
Let your elected officials know that AHIMA, along with its coalition partners, supports ICD-10. Thank you for your time, and advocacy efforts.