ICD-10 de­lay a bad idea

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS LETTERS -

Re­gard­ing “CMS will re-ex­am­ine ICD-10 time­line, Taven­ner says,” Mod­ern Health­care.com, Feb. 14: A de­lay in im­ple­men­ta­tion of ICD-10 will un­der­mine the ef­forts of those who have al­ready in­vested heav­ily in pre­par­ing for ICD-10 im­ple­menta- tion in Oc­to­ber 2013. Many mem­bers of the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion will still not be ready re­gard­less of what date the CMS de­ter­mines to be ap­pro­pri­ate.

I re­al­ize that Ver­sion 5010 has been chal­leng­ing for physi­cians, but the de­fin­i­tive date of im­ple­men­ta­tion for 5010 com­ple­mented by a three-month grace pe­riod gave sta­bil­ity to the plan­ning and im­ple­men­ta­tion pro­cesses of that change.

A de­fin­i­tive time­frame is an im­por­tant com­po­nent of the change process. It pro­vides the im­pe­tus in health­care plan­ning for re­duc­ing costs, im­prov­ing qual­ity and main­tain­ing some sense of sta­bil­ity.

Roland Dale Hardin Med­i­cal Cen­ter

Sa­van­nah, Tenn.

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