MGMA's Tennant: CMS Approach to ICD-10 Flawed, Must Reset Process

House and Senate passage of legislation delaying the ICD-10 implementation deadline by one year to October 2015 is proof that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' approach to the code switchover is flawed and CMS must "reset" the process, argues Robert Tennant, senior policy advisor at the Medical Group Management Association.

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Comments (3)
If "less than 10 percent of 570 responding practices reported making significant progress in overall ICD-10 readiness" after 4 years and one delay prior to this one, why will the outcome be any different in 2015? Without the AMA's enthusiastic support of ICD-10, this is only contributing to the rising costs of health care. Because CMS is now a political poster child for Washington bureaucracy it will not be able to provide effective leadership, although I thought it was doing a good job administering the initiative.
Posted by Craig E | Wednesday, April 02 2014 at 11:18AM ET
It's too bad that CMS/Medicare/Medicaid isn't ready because the VA is ready. We've been working since 2008 to make this happen by changing the forms/the coding in the EHR/and lots of education at every level. We could have made this work by October 1, 2014.
Posted by Julia G | Thursday, April 03 2014 at 9:14AM ET
You have to wonder if another year's delay will really help anything. If significant progress toward ICD-10 readiness hasn't already been made with 2 years worth of time and effort, then what you are looking at is nothing more than procrastination. Any organization that has procrastinated this long on a program of this scale and importance is not very likely to change its stripes with yet another delay.
Posted by Russell M | Tuesday, April 15 2014 at 10:53AM ET
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