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CMS Silence on ICD-10 Holds Healthcare Hostage

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, April 8, 2014

CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner firmly vowed only weeks ago that there would be no ICD-10 delay. Now that an undefined delay has been announced, she remains silent on ICD-10's next steps.

The hives-inducing Washington, DC-based drama, ICD-10 Held Hostage, has entered its second week.

This first week has been good news for a variety of FUDbusters and others hawking products meant to cut through the fear, uncertainty and doubt following the stealthy legislative blitz that delayed CMS's requirement for providers to use ICD-10 starting October 1.

One Webinar was subtitled, "What changes? What doesn't?"

The answer is, no one outside of CMS knows yet.

You read that right.

The first thing that needs to change is CMS's ICD-10 landing page, which as of noon Tuesday still stated that the ICD-10 code set would replace ICD-9 "on October 1, 2014." How has this not been updated yet?

It is the height of something or other that CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, who at HIMSS so firmly vowed there would be no ICD-10 delay, remains silent on ICD-10's next steps. Yet somehow, she found time last week to proclaim April National Minority Health Month, a purely ceremonial proclamation.


For Hospital CFOs, ICD-10 Delay a Costly Disappointment


The fact is that here in week two, providers of all races, creeds and colors are in a bit of a panic about how to proceed on ICD-10. The language of the SGR fix legislation only states that ICD-10 won't commence earlier than October 1, 2015.

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1 comments on "CMS Silence on ICD-10 Holds Healthcare Hostage"


Frank Poggio (4/8/2014 at 5:49 PM)
Developing and implementing systems such as ICD10 require structure and predictability. Politics requires neither. If our politicians had to do real work for a living instead of just jabbering and please their biggest lobby things would get done much faster and better. And as for that snide remark from Dr. M about no more perfect storm analogy, now its a perfect tsunami! If he's so smart he should have stayed in CMS and not run for the door when things started getting rough.