Feds Stonewall ICD-10 Summit

John Commins, April 23, 2014

On the first day of an AHIMA-organized summit, the Coalition for ICD-10 picked up a strong ally, America's Health Insurance Plans, but got no new information from federal officials about an implementation date.

ICD-10 advocates attending a two-day summit in Washington, D.C., got stonewalled by federal officials who declined Tuesday to provide a new start-up date for the medical coding set.

Godwin Odia, who is leading the Medicaid ICD-10 implementation for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services updated stakeholders on the status of Medicaid readiness at the federal and state level, but didn't go much beyond that.

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"He basically read a script and said 'don't ask me any other questions. I can't answer anything,'" said Lynne Thomas Gordon, CEO of the American Health Information Management Association, which organized the summit. "I kept asking 'When? When?' and he kept saying 'stay tuned.' It was very scripted."

"The intent of his talk sounded like we are moving ahead. Medicaid sometimes gets a bad rap because people say they aren't ready. Odia said 'we are ready.' He was trying to reassure everybody."

The stakeholders also heard from Donna Pickett, a medical classification administrator with the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics. "She also had the same line: 'I can't tell you anything,'" Thomas Gordon said.

John Commins

John Commins is a senior editor at HealthLeaders Media.

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