That said, providers have had plenty of advance notice, Spryszak noted. CMS announced the conversion to ICD-10 in January of 2009, giving them nearly five years to plan.
The American Hospital Association (AHA) supports the transition to ICD-10, but welcomes reevaluation of the deadline.
"The AHA appreciates CMS' willingness to reconsider the timeline for ICD 10 implementation," Chantal Worzala, director of policy for AHA, told HCPro. "The AHA is supportive of the move to ICD-10 because it brings benefits for better clinical documentation, logical incorporation of codes for new technologies, and greater specificity to support accurate payment. However, changes in the environment that have occurred since ICD-10 was mandated for October 2013, including meaningful use, are putting significant pressures on hospitals. Implementing ICD-10 on schedule requires that the transition to 5010 go smoothly. It also requires that all parties be ready. We are closely tracking readiness of vendors and providers to implement ICD-10."
Tavenner indicated CMS plans to formally announce plans for new regulations in the coming days, according to an article by The Hill. Tavenner recognizes the concern that providers are balancing many different initiatives. "So we're trying to listen to that and be responsive," she said, per the article.