U.S. health care providers are at least starting to think about planning for a move to the ICD-10-CM diagnostic coding system.

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), Chicago, has found that the percentage of health care organization officers and managers that say their organizations had at least started work on ICD-10 planning increased to 85% in August, from 55% in August 2010.

The percentage of participants who said their organizations are finished or almost finished with ICD-10 implementation budgeting has increased to 26%, from 5%.

U.S. health care providers and payers are supposed to shift to using ICD-10-CM, a modified version of the latest edition of the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD) code set, by Oct. 1, 2013.

America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), has estimated shifting to ICD-10 from ICD-9 will cost its health plan members about $12 per member, or a total of about $3 billion industrywide.

The health care system also is supposed to be implementing the “Version 5010″ standards, a set of health care electronic data interchange transaction standards related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The HIPAA Version 5010 standards are set to take effect Jan. 1, 2012.

- Allison Bell

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