ICD-10 Delay Alters Provider, Vendor Prep

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , April 14, 2014

"We are hearing they are going to use this time to continue to work with their physicians on clinical documentation improvements, whether they're using ICD-9 or ICD-10. People are going to continue to do that. They are continuing to work with their vendors to get ready for ICD-10," she says.

"As far as the resources, what I heard at the CCHIIM meeting from our members in the room is that they're saying if we can afford it, we would love to continue to do dual coding. The question is can you continue to afford it? Maybe some of the larger academic medical centers and institutions can and we know that ICD-10 is better because it has more granularity and specificity. As we go to the accountable care models, you are really going to need this specificity to make sure you have healthier communities."

"I would say to providers, 'stay the course and don't take your foot off the pedal. Continue in good faith to get ready. It will come. It's just a shame it's not as soon as we thought.'"

John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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