Evaluating Cost Impact on Small Healthcare Providers: The Federal Mandate to Transition from the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM), to the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM)
Department of Allied Health
The United States health care system is mandated by the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt the new medical code set, ICD-10-CM (Services(HHS), 2009). Prior to the new medical code set, ICD-10-CM, the United States health care system has utilized the ICD-9- CM medical code set for the past 30 years (Cassidy, 2011). The government mandate is the largest mandate the US health care system has undertaken. Kurt Lewin’s Theory of Change provides a strategic approach to identifying the American Health Information Management Association as the driving force in the examination of adopting the new medical code set, and small healthcare providers as the restraining force in the examination of adopting the new medical code set. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the impact cost will have on small healthcare providers who are required to adopt the new medical code set, ICD-10-CM. The research method for this project consists of secondary data collection, and content analysis. The results of the project show small healthcare providers will be impacted by cost in multiple areas of operation if mandated to implement to the new medical code set, ICD-10.