CMS Will “Re-examine the Pace” of ICD-10 Implementation
BREAKING: HHS announces intent to delay ICD-10 compliance. Read story.
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services appears willing to reconsider the ICD-10 implementation timeline.
Speaking at the American Medical Association’s National Advocacy Conference today, CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner told attendees that CMS will “re-examine the pace” of implementing ICD-10.
Talking with reporters afterwards, Tavenner offered no specifics on what CMS would consider or when it would do so. She did say that CMS would make an announcement in the coming days.
CMS will reexamine the timeline with an eye to lessening the burden on physicians, Tavenner told attendees. AMA recently sent letters to Congress calling for a halt to the ICD-10 implementation and the selection of a new code set other than ICD-10 to replace ICD-9.
The wider industry also has cited the high workload in responding to current federal initiatives, which include meaningful use.
AHIMA: Do Not Wait on the Review
AHIMA is expressing to CMS its concern over the confusion today’s statement will cause. The association is recommending that CMS make clear the industry should not halt its work on the ICD-10 conversion while CMS re-evaluates the timeline.
In a published statement, Dan Rode, AHIMA vice president for advocacy and policy, warned the announcement sends “mixed signals that many in the healthcare community will interpret as a reason for delay. This concerns AHIMA and our constituents as any delay in the transition preparation for ICD-10 will both increase actual costs and may diminish the value of other Health and Human Services (HHS) programs, including Meaningful Use.”
“We need to keep our eyes on the ultimate goal of ICD-10 implementation,” according to Lynne Thomas Gordon, CEO of AHIMA, also quoted in the statement. “There are tremendous long-term benefits that will come from the use of a 21st Century classification system, such as ICD-10, to both healthcare providers and patients. AHIMA urges all in the healthcare community to continue with their ICD-10 planning efforts.”
AHIMA will provide comments to the CMS administrator highlighting its areas of concern, including concerns that relate to the good-faith investments in the transition already made by healthcare providers, health plans, public health and quality organizations, and HHS itself.