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Happy Valentine’s Day – CMS’ Present To Providers: Potential Delay in ICD-10 Timeline

In Uncategorized on February 14, 2012 at 7:49 pm
The acting head of the CMS on Tuesday signaled that the agency will extend the timeline on ICD-10 implementation.
 
Over the past few months, the American Medical Association has been actively working toward delaying the implementation of ICD-10.  In mid-January, a letter from AMA Executive Vice President and CEO James L. Madara, M.D. to House Speaker John Boehner (R, Ohio) stated that, “[r]equiring doctors to use ICD-10 would offer no direct benefit to patient care.”  That letter further stated that “requiring all physician practices to use new diagnosis codes starting Oct. 1, 2013, also would interfere with concurrent efforts by doctors to implement electronic medical records and satisfy other Medicare quality improvement requirements.”
 
After recently speaking to attendees at the American Medical Association Advocacy Conference in Washington, acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner told reporters that the CMS will “re-examine the timeframe” through a rulemaking process. She did not say when that rulemaking process will begin but said the CMS would send details about the process in the coming days. “There’s concern that folks cannot get their work done around meaningful use, their work around ICD-10 implementation and be ready for exchanges,” Tavenner said. “So we’re trying to listen to that and be responsive.” Separately, Tavenner said she the CMS has had “good results” with accountable care organization applications and expects to make an announcement about selected applicants “at the beginning of the second quarter of this year.”
 
For more information on ICD-10, please see The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’s webpage, at https://www.cms.gov/ICD10/01_Overview.asp#TopOfPage.
 
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