Healthcare stakeholders continue to express their disappointment over the delay in the ICD-10 implementation deadline. A poll taken during the American Health Information Management Association’s ICD-10 Summit, which was held last week in Washington, found that 88 percent of attendees were disappointed by the extension of the code switchover.

Other findings of the AHIMA poll include:

* 42 percent said their organization has spent more than $1 million on implementation,

* 91 percent said ICD-10 should not go into effect in stages,

* 50 percent would – if allowed – be interested in voluntary reporting of ICD-10 codes beginning on Oct. 1 2014, and

* 54 percent did not want the partial code set freeze lifted.

Although the two-day AHIMA summit was scheduled long before the April 1 law delaying ICD-10 went into effect, the organization used the event to discuss next steps and provide examples of how healthcare organizations are responding to the ICD-10 delay. To date, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has not provided guidance to industry as to the new ICD-10 implementation deadline. However, as written, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 prohibits the adoption of ICD-10 as a standard code set until at least October 1, 2015. 

Speaking at the summit, Denise Buenning, acting deputy director of the CMS office of e-health standards and services, said the agency is finalizing guidance that will clarify when providers, payers, and vendors must transition to ICD-10. "What I can tell you is that we have looked at this piece of the law. We’ve sliced and diced it and had robust discussions. Where we are right now, an announcement will be made by HHS in the very near future.”

On April 30, the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange will hold a one-day "emergency industry summit" in Reston, Va., to provide an action plan in response to the ICD-10 implementation delay. "Although a response on how to proceed is still being formulated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, many healthcare stakeholders have asked for further guidance on how to move forward with implementation," said WEDI in a statement. More information on the summit, also being broadcast in a listen-only format, is available at wedi.org.

 

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