"The delay is going to be disruptive and costly for healthcare delivery innovation, payment reform, public health, and health care spending, and uncertainty on the implementation date only adds to the disruption and cost," the letter stated.
The coalition, comprised of hospitals, health plans, professional associations, hospital and physician office coding experts, vendors and the health information technology community, says it would "work with CMS to identify measurable milestones on the path toward implementation to demonstrate that preparatory work is proceeding smoothly toward successful implementation."
Thomas Gordon says she also hopes to hear from ICD-10 industry leaders at the summit about what they're doing to cope with the delay. "What we are hearing anecdotally is that people are moving ahead, trying to beef up their clinical documentation improvement programs, working with their vendors, educating their physicians and training their staff on ICD-10," she says.
"We want to know if that is really true. We will take some polls. We are trying to take a pulse of the industry, what is going on and how can we help."