The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange has sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius giving a variety of compelling reasons for the department to expand its ICD-10 testing before the Oct. 1, 2014, compliance date. Here is the letter, dated Jan. 13:

“In its advisory role under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange periodically brings to your attention issues related to healthcare information exchange and related areas that it believes merit review and consideration by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. We take this opportunity to ask you to consider additional Medicare testing prior to ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS (ICD-10) implementation.

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