CMS ICD-10 Champion Buenning Steps Down

Denise Buenning, MsM, one of the top federal advocates for the US transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS, has left her post at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a job in the nonprofit sector.

Matthew Albright, who has served as director of CMS’ office of e-health standards and services administrative simplification group, has been tapped to replace Buenning, a CMS spokesperson confirmed Thursday.

Buenning, who served as acting deputy director, office of e-health standards and services at CMS from April 2012 through May 2014, made one of the agency’s first official responses to the ICD-10 delay in April at AHIMA’s ICD-10-CM/PCS and Computer Assisted Coding Summit in April.

Buenning is currently serving as the director of the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare’s (CAQH) committee on operating rules for information exchanges (CORE) initiatives. CAQH is a nonprofit alliance of health plans and trade associations seeking to simplify healthcare administration.

In Buenning’s remarks at AHIMA’s ICD-10 Summit, she praised her CMS staff for doing a “yeoman’s job” in formulating the regulatory language for addressing the ICD-10 delay and implementing a new compliance date, which has since been set at October 1, 2015.


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