The American Health Information Management Association in a statement reminds stakeholders that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has promised to review the timeline of ICD-10 compliance, not change it.

However, “government officials are sending mixed signals that many in the health care community will interpret as a reason for delay,” says Dan Rode, vice president for advocacy and policy at AHIMA. Any delays in preparation will increase actual costs and may diminish the value of other initiatives such as electronic health records meaningful use, he adds.

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