"What we are hearing is everybody wants to move on," she says. "It's been frustrating to the healthcare community because we want to move on and it's tough on people when there is indecision. So, I think people will be very pleased."
Because CMS plans to issue an interim final rule, Gordon Thomas says, it's not clear if it will ask for public comments or what other regulatory steps will be taken before the new implementation date becomes final.
The ICD-10 delay had been sought by specialty physician associations that have long questioned the value and cost of the coding set. Gordon Thomas says ICD-10 backers should spend the next year addressing the concerns of physicians and other skeptics.
"We are really developing a strategy," she says. "We've talked to CMS about working with small physician practices. We want to make sure they understand why it's important, and empathize with them and help them."