The delay of ICD-10 from October 2013 to some uncertain date suggests, first and foremost, that federal officials do not have a deaf ear when it comes to their constituents. Last fall, at a Medical Group Management Association open forum with Farzard Mostashari, M.D., the government’s point man on meaningful use, physician group practice leaders burst into spontaneous applause when one of their colleagues stood up and urged the government to hold off on implementing the new coding and classification system.

And as I reported earlier this year, one of the top wish list items from hospital CIOs across the nation is regulatory relief. There is just so much free-floating anxiety out there about meaningful use, 5010, and accountable care, that ICD-10 was beginning to feel like the straw about to break the camel’s back.

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