Until further information becomes available on the exact nature of the delay, providers should continue to push forward with their implementation efforts, according to industry experts.
"Even if they do delay ICD-10, especially for physician practices, this should not deter the infrastructure redevelopment to accommodate ICD-10's likely implementation in whatever time frame they do implement it, be it six, 12, 18, or 24 months from their previously announced date of October 1, 2013," said James S. Kennedy, MD, CCS, managing director of FTI Consulting in Brentwood, TN.
News of the potential delay is being met with diverse reactions.
"The provider population is just coming off the preparation efforts for 5010, so a slight delay may be appropriate," said Rose T. Dunn, MBA, RHIA, CPA, FACHE, chief operating officer at First Class Solutions, Inc. in Maryland Heights, MO.
However, the delay should not be excessive, she said. Those proactive providers that have ICD-10 preparations well underway should be able to "get on" with their other activities, as they have a number of competing priorities right now.