A group of panelists at the HIMSS ICD-10 Symposium on Sunday, March 3, urged the government to avoid any more delays in the implementation date of the coding and classification system. The deadline was postponed last year to October 2014.

The delay was one of several delays the government has announced over the years that affect ICD-10 and other administrative simplification regulations as well. “Each of the delays cost the industry money,” said Joe Miller, director e-business, Amerihealth Mercy, a commercial plan. Miller ticked off a list of regulatory driven projects delayed over the years, including 4010, 5010, and the national payer identifier standard. “This is not good for the industry,” he moaned. “The intended benefits of the regulations are postpone and it undermines confidence in the regulatory process.”

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