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ICD-10 delay makes healthcare leaders juggle

InformationWeek, April 11, 2014

Whether delighted or distressed by the delay in the implementation of the ICD-10 diagnosis codes, healthcare leaders have some juggling to do. Deadlines that were supposed to be carved in stone have turned to mud and washed away. After years of preparation, federal regulators were telling doctors, hospitals, and insurers to be ready for an Oct. 1 transition to a much more detailed standard for documenting their work. Now, that will not happen until at least Oct. 1, 2015, by legislative decree. The provision for the delay sailed through Congress and was signed last week by President Obama, because it was tucked into a politically unstoppable bill to prevent cutbacks in reimbursement to physicians.