Haven't Started ICD-10? It May Already Be Too Late

Gienna Shaw, for HealthLeaders Media , November 4, 2011

Rady tested ICD-10 using a full year's worth of ICD-9 coding data, Birnbaum said. Primary care physicians did the same, also mapping out a year's worth of clinical data on their own.

If you're aiming for the October 2013 ICD-10 implementation deadline, you're already too late, the panelists agreed. To be safe, organizations should be ready to go at least six months before that. These projects take time to "ramp up," said McEwan.

"If you're not ready by October 2013, that's an excuse for [payers] not to pay you," Birnbaum said.

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1 comments on "Haven't Started ICD-10? It May Already Be Too Late"

DonS (11/4/2011 at 10:19 AM)
Too late huh? Then CMS needs to know. The other question: are the payers ready? It's time for the medical community to stand up and tell CMS and Congress that ICD10 is a FUBAR waiting to happen. Other countries only use ICD10 in hospitals. Other countries did pilots first, implemented over several years, and the govt paid for much of it. The cost and productivity decreases are NOT what the American healthcare system needs right now. For physician groups, ICD10 brings NO value for the cost. And if there is some value, it is not worth it. Delay ICD10? No - I say simply forget it. US is not on the metric system and we survived. We can stick with ICD9.




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