"There are a lot of moving parts here that have to flow together in order for this change to happen. Part of it is the practice management and electronic health records software vendors have to upgrade their products' clearinghouses. The vast majority of claims are submitted through clearinghouses and they are telling us they have not received the claim edits from the health plans, including Medicare, including the policies and procedures that wrap around these codes. We are all vectoring towards this October date and nobody seems to be ready, and that includes the government."
"ICD-10 is a better code set. We'd be the first to agree with that. But we have to ensure that the implementation process is done in a way that is not dramatically negative for physician practices. We are very concerned about the potential of productivity decreases from both clinicians and coders and also concerns about the cash flow disruption following the October date.
Tennant says he hopes the HIX rollout fiasco and the potential political fallout have made HHS more sensitive to concerns raised by healthcare providers.