AHIMA's Sue Bowman: ICD-11 likely to be less troublesome than ICD-10

The next new code set, ICD-11, is coming eventually, but moving to the next version should cause far fewer headaches than its predecessor.

Since ICD-11 won't be the healthcare industry's first rodeo, that should make it easier, Sue Bowman, senior director of coding policy and compliance at AHIMA, tells Healthcare Dive.

"[We've learned] the world's not going to end," she says.

However, ICD-11 is likely many years away for the U.S. Currently, the World Health Organization is ramping up its efforts on the code set, according to the article.

WHO aims to have the code set approved in 2017, but even after that step has been completed, adoption in the U.S. could be a prolonged process. Delays may also be inevitable, as was the case with ICD-10.

However, Bowman tells Healthcare Dive that there most likely will be less controversy surrounding the next roll out. Many of the worries physicians had about ICD-10 have shown to be negligible so far, she says.

In fact, so far the transition appears to have gone fairly smoothly.

To learn more:
- here's the Healthcare Dive article