CMS Silence on ICD-10 Holds Healthcare Hostage

Scott Mace, 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.

Scott Mace

Scott Mace is the former senior technology editor for HealthLeaders Media. He is now the senior editor, custom content at H3.Group.


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