So on 3/31/14 both the house and senate voted on a “Dr. Fix” bill that included language for another one year delay on the ICD-10 implementation. CMS has been saying for more than a year that there will be no more delays…period… Then what does the congress do? Overrule them. Many healthcare organizations are speaking out that the delay portion of the bill did not have to be included. That congress has once again cost us billions of dollars by not listening to their constituency or the experts when it comes to throwing in additional pieces of legislature just to pad the bill. Here is what the American Healthcare Information Management Association had to say: http://journal.ahima.org/2014/03/31/senate-votes-on-icd-10-delay-bill/
While most experts agree it was a stupid move to include the delay in the bill, now providers are wondering what they are supposed to do. Check out this link: http://www.fiercehealthit.com/story/icd-10-delay-how-providers-should-respond/2014-04-02
As far as VE Cycle Management is concerned we are going to continue to prepare our clients for ICD-10 as part of what we do for them daily. Providers now have some extra time to train, map and migrate and may think that the road to full implementation will be slowed again. The point is and the point that my company will emphasize is “don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today!”
ICD-10 is still coming, we are the only western nation still on ICD-9, most of Europe is on ICD-11 so it’s just a matter of time and you have to make sure your staff, technology, and you are ready for it. Ask us, we’ll help!