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Ready for ICD-10? Tell CMS how prepared your organization is

The deadline for switching to new ICD-10 codes has been changed multiple times, and now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is asking providers to let them know how ready they are for the transition. 

In April, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposed a one-year delay for the ICD-10 deadline. That would mean organizations would need to begin using the new code set by October 1, 2014. That was after the deadline had already been pushed back to the current date of October 1, 2013.

After the proposed extension, some groups, including the American Medical Association (AMA), pushed for the feds to delay ICD-10 even further. According to the AMA, even with the delayed deadline, the ICD-10 transition will be too big a financial burden for providers, especially as many of them are focused on deploying electronic health records, in response to another government initiative.

Some observers have even wondered if the best option would be to skip ICD-10 entirely and move directly to ICD-11. However, other groups have argued against a lengthy ICD-10 delay, because it could convince organizations to pause their transitions, which may end up making the process even more costly.

Now the CMS is asking healthcare organizations how ready they are to meet the new ICD-10 deadline. The agency wants to “determine what communication and educational efforts can best help affected entities obtain the tools and resources they need to achieve timely compliance with ICD-10,” according to a notice published in the Federal Register.

CMS said the data won’t be used for policy making decisions, but for educational purposes only.

Healthcare organizations can submit comments electronically by visiting and following the instructions for “Comment or Submission” or using the search option to find the document titled “ICD-10 Industry Readiness Assessment,” which is listed with the form number “CMS-10381.”

To be considered, comments must be submitted by October 9, 2012.

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  1. Valerie Mack says:

    I agree with AHIMA: ICD-10 delay is bad for Health Care
    CMS should have education tools ready for providers for the change
    Medicare ICD-10 Codes updates
    CMS increase the payment of codes due to economy
    CMS should be ready to move FORWARD
    HHS should be ready to move FOWARD
    Tecnical Assistance Centers Should be set up by Health Care Consultants
    providers should have Mangement Indformation Systems staff to upload these codes
    To maximize reimbursement

    Health Care Consultants, such as my self should be listed to help with this transaction if providers need additional help
    Collaboration with Health Care Consultants Small Business

    As a past Business Office Manager CMS, Providers, Physicians, and Health Care Consultants its not a BIG Deal.