The seemingly far-off 2013 implementation deadline for ICD-10 has pushed it to the back burner for many hospitals, which are eying their share of the EHR incentive dollars that come into play in 2011. “Organizations are neck-deep in EHR,” observes Andrea Danes, senior principal at CSG Government Solutions, an I.T. consulting shop based in Chicago. “They likely won’t have time to meet the ICD-10 deadline.”After its first round of proposed rulemaking, CMS pushed back the implementation deadline for ICD-10 from 2011 to 2013, but says it will stick to its guns this time around. For one thing, says Danes, CMS has its own information systems house in order and will be ready to accept claims in the new format by 2013. “Medicare has been very public about its progress, and early on published its own impact analysis and published its timeline for testing dates.”

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