AMA board discourages skipping ahead to ICD-11

Despite concerns about the relatively short timeframe to implement ICD-10, skipping ahead to ICD-11 is not a good alternative, according to a new report published by the American Medical Association's board of trustees. According to the report, such a move is "fraught with its own pitfalls."

ICD-11 currently is in development by the World Health Organization, according to the report. It is expected to be ready for consideration by the World Health Assembly--the decision-making body of WHO--by May 2015. ICD-11, the report says, will have a "multi-axial framework with linkages among diagnostic concepts," a "contrast to the hierarchical structure of ICD-10."

At the AMA's interim meeting last November in Honolulu, some attendees kicked around the idea of eliminating ICD-10 and instead waiting for and adopting ICD-11 in October 2017. That idea, though, was met with pushback, as it was seen by some as a potential "blanket endorsement" for ICD-11. Report (.pdf)

Suggested Articles

Women and family health startup Maven landed $45 million in series C funding with some high-profile backers.

Over 41 million patient records were breached in 2019 as the healthcare industry faces new hacking techniques and threats.

With the promotion of Don Trigg, Cerner has named its first new president since 2018.