The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spent many months telling stakeholders that the ICD-10 compliance deadline was firm--even before the agency had done its own testing. Now that Congress, with a push from physician groups, has delayed the compliance date at least another year, it is providers, payers and vendors that were on schedule to be ready that will be the ones being punished.
Thats the conclusion from Ben Quirk, CEO at provider consultancy Quirk Healthcare Solutions in Delray Beach, Fla. The organizations that bit the bullet and spent the time and money now dont know when ICD-10 becomes real. But many software systems during the next year will get an upgrade and every system in an organization that already has been tested for ICD-10 compliance and is subsequently updated will need to be tested again.
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