Stacey Ocander, president of the National Network of Health Career Programs in Two-year Colleges (NN2), says her organization was not surprised by the delay. "When it comes to any type of regulation coming down, especially when it comes to healthcare, we always anticipate it not happening just because it is such a volatile discipline," she says.
"There are so many stakeholders. There are the patients the families, the community, the politicians, the educators, the students, the payers and the providers and it goes on and on. So as educators we develop a curriculum where we always anticipate carrying over the old standards for at least 12 months and interweaving those in our curriculum with the chance that something will get stalled, just like it did with ICD-10."
"Our mission as community colleges," Ocander says," is to serve our communities. The last thing we want to do is get our students in a situation where they are not prepared to take that board or that registry because that is how our folks become licensed to enter the workforce."
Ocander says there will be some rough patches as students adjust to the new requirements.