With a delay in the ICD-10 implementation deadline by at least one year, providers around the country are evaluating their next moves with regard to the code switchover. However, without specific guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the exact date, healthcare organizations that were well into the process of training and preparing for the ICD-10 transition are now left in a regulatory limbo.

Phoenix-based Banner Health, with 24 hospitals in seven states, started preparing for ICD-10 in November 2009. "We really in good faith started preparing for this project years ago," Linda Martin, IT operations director for Banner Health, told Health Data Management. "We've been doing training. We started testing. We've installed a number of different applications--computer-assisted coding--and we have a translation tool that we installed this year. And, we've been doing a lot of outreach with our payers."

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