The delay of ICD-10 implementation may offer industry stakeholders an opportunity to ensure "good to go," if not perfect, functionality–or may enable dawdlers to squander the extra time, a panel of experts said June 10 before the standards subcommittee of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics.

"We have the opportunity, over the next 18 months, to robustly test all of the documentation, coding methodologies, practice management systems, interfaces and adjudication systems affected by this change," said Holly Louie, chair of the ICD-10 CM Committee of the Healthcare Billing and Management Association. "In other words, we can have 18 months of end-to-end testing. Unfortunately, the extremely disappointing response from CMS that they would delay this necessary testing until 2015 completely squanders that opportunity.

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