There are 216 days left until the ICD-10 compliance deadline--October 1--and that date is not flexible, officials from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services stated to an audience at HIMSS14.
"The message that we want you to take back with you is that ICD-10 will go forward," said Denesecia Green, lead for the enterprise e-health operations and governance administrative simplification group in the CMS Office of E-Health Standards and Services. "What we need to do as a health care industry--payers, clearinghouses, vendors, and the like--is to really come together around this initiative. If we can come together, we can make this successful and also reap the benefits of ICD-10." At a CMS Town Hall session earlier in the week, Robert Tagalicod, director of the Office of E-Health Standards and Services, emphatically stated that the October 1 ICD-10 date "is a firm one."
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