ACC Endorses AAPC for ICD-10 Committee
A second major physician organization asked Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell to make AAPC a Cooperating Party on the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee. The American College of Cardiology (ACC) joins the American Medical Association (AMA) in recommending AAPC, saying “they represent the interests of individual physicians and healthcare providers who perform the majority of outpatient care in the U.S.”
Cooperating Parties on the committee include The American Hospital Association (AHA); The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA); the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the National Committee for Health Statistics (NCHS). The cooperating parties develop, approve, and advise on code development and guidelines required to report ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. HHS is accountable for the code set’s maintenance.
The letter of support from ACC said, “AAPC’s 141,000 members represent the highest level of expertise in the industry in the areas of medical coding, medical billing, medical auditing, compliance, and practice management.”
The ACC says it is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team, charged with improving heart health. The organization has 141,000 members and joins a growing chorus of physicians and other healthcare providers seeking more representation on the Coordination and Maintenance Committee.