Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Myth Dispelled: ObamaCare ≠ ICD-10


A recent Forbes article sheds even more light on a widespread ICD-10 myth: That ICD-10 is a product of "ObamaCare."

Although this is a common misperception, ICD-10 and Health Care reform (aka “ObamaCare”) are completely unrelated. ICD-10 conversion was decided upon by the Bush Administration in 2008. President Bush then granted a 2-year delay on implentation in his final days in office, delaying it from October 2011 to October 2013.

How common is this misunderstanding? We asked home care professionals if they thought the two were related in our ICD-10 survey at the 2011 National Association of Home Care and Hospice Annual Convention. Here's what they said:
  • Nearly a third (32 percent) answered yes that Health Care reform and ICD-10 were related. 
  • Another 29 percent said they were unsure. 
  • The remaining 39 percent answered correctly, that the two were unrelated.

So what does this misconception mean for home care? That people are not well informed on the reasons for and long history behind ICD-10.  Without this knowledge, home care professionals may not take conversion seriously resulting in lack of preparation and decreased productivity.

Knowledge is power. So start having conversations at your agency about this myth and the reasons for ICD-10.

For more results of our ICD-10 survey go to: http://daymarck.blogspot.com/2011/11/icd-survey-results-are-in.html

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