Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Well, it was a stressful and eventful week for AHIMA and the HIM profession.  A lot has happened since last Wednesday.  I mentioned last week that we were waiting on a vote in the House on a bill that had language slipped into it (7 lines) that would delay ICD-10 for another year.  AHIMA rallied it’s members and over 6000 calls were made to Senators by AHIMA members alone.  Sadly, the bill passed in the House vote last Thursday.  This brought on a massive effort by AHIMA and its members to inform the Senate about this “hidden language” in the bill and beg them to have it removed or vote no.  Thousands and thousands of emails and calls were made again, by AHIMA members to their local Senators.  A massive Twitter initiative was launched as well.  We really did everything we could, but unfortunately this bill was passed on Monday and expected to be signed by President Obama.


What does this mean for the HIM program at Charter Oak and all of you?  Actually, not much, thank goodness.  Since none of you have taken our coding courses, we are able to still move forward as planned.  Our HIM 210 course, Medical Coding and Billing I - ICD-10, will still be taught this fall, 2014, and keep you right on track for learning ICD-10 for the new date of October 1, 2015.  In this course you will learn a bit of ICD-9, just enough to know what it is like, but you will focus on ICD-10 because that is where the focus will be by the time your graduate.  Just keep in mind that it isn’t so easy for HIM students at other schools who are graduating next month.  They have learned ICD-10, and now the schools have to scramble to somehow teach them ICD-9 so they will be employable and ready for their RHIT or RHIA exams.  It is a really difficult time right now for those schools.  It is also very difficult for all of the health care facilities who were prepared and just about ready to make the transition this October.  All of their efforts are now halted and new plans have to be made. 


Read here to see how AHIMA responded to the first vote:


Read here to see their article after the bill passed in the Senate:


Please let me know if you have any questions about this!  Happy Wednesday!


Cindy Glewwe, M.Ed., RHIA   

Director, Health Information Management Program

Charter Oak State College

55 Paul J. Manafort Drive

New Britain, CT 06053

(Ph.) 860-515-3833

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