CMS to Speak with ICD-10 Backers Tuesday
"Perhaps we might hear something (Tuesday). We would like to try to pin them down because we feel it should be no later and we are just assuming it will be Oct. 1 2015. We will definitely be asking those questions."
Thomas Gordon says the delay is somewhat "understandable" because CMS has been preoccupied with the Obamacare rollout over the past several weeks, with departure of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced last week, and with the nomination of Sylvia Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, as her replacement.
"They've had some turnover there so I can understand with a new secretary coming in she probably wants to get her feet on the ground before things are announced, but maybe we will hear something (Tuesday)," Thomas Gordon said.
The silence from HHS has fostered a growing sense of frustration and urgency among ICD-10 stakeholders. Last week, the Coalition for ICD-10 asked HHS to establish Oct. 1, 2015 as the new ICD-10 implementation date. In a letter to CMS administrator Marilyn Tavenner, the coalition said the delay has caused great uncertainty across the healthcare industry about the future of ICD-10.
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