ICD-10 de­lay pun­ishes high per­form­ers, re­wards pro­cras­ti­na­tors

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

We are a mul­ti­spe­cialty physi­cian group with 100-plus providers. We have worked very hard on this con­ver­sion and are proud of our people and re­sults. The pre­vi­ous post­pone­ment from 2012 to 2013 was un­der­stand­able. The task was large and many people were hav­ing trou­ble. How­ever, this re­cent de­lay merely re­wards those who are not se­ri­ous.

Once again, high per­form­ers are held hostage by those that lack re­solve. We em­brace medi­ocrity in­stead of cel­e­brat­ing ex­cel­lence. I am not sure whom we should be more dis­ap­pointed in, those or­ga­ni­za­tions that did not take this se­ri­ously, or the politi­cians in Wash­ing­ton who once again lacked the re­solve to step up and fol­low through on their own man­dates.

J. Christo­pher Thorn

CEO

Graves Gil­bert Clinic

Bowl­ing Green, Ky.

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