Healthcare organizations were caught flat-footed by the one-year delay in the ICD-10 implementation deadline to October 2015, according to the finding of a new poll by the health services research arm of Deloitte LLP. The poll of 1,250 health professionals conducted during a recent Deloitte Center for Health Solutions webcast found that 58 percent of respondents were disappointed by the delay.

"To many in the healthcare industry, this delay falls into the category of unexpected news; after two previous delays, many were operating under 'full steam ahead' plans," states an April 14 Deloitte blog posting announcing the poll results. Not surprisingly, 59 percent of respondents expect a loss of momentum or getting off track in their ICD-10 planning and preparation, while only 30 percent plan to keep their original schedule.

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