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Tavenner: No ICD-10 Delay, But Expect Some MU Relief

Lena J. Weiner, for HealthLeaders Media, February 27, 2014

CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner has announced that the ICD-10 deadline will not be delayed, but she is offering relief to providers, payers, and health information technology vendors struggling to meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements.

Two announcements from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner at the HIMSS 2014 conference in Orlando Thursday will have wide-ranging implications for healthcare providers, insurers, and vendors.

The deadline for implementing the ICD-10 diagnostic coding set, which had already been delayed one year to October 1, 2014, will not be delayed again, Tavenner said.

And while the Stage 2 Meaningful Use deadline will also not be delayed, Tavenner said that providers and vendors struggling to meet the incentive program's requirements will see some flexibility.

During the keynote presentation Thursday morning at HIMSS 14 in Orlando, Tavenner announced a partial reprieve for physicians and medical systems finding it difficult to adjust to Meaningful Use guidelines—but urged professionals to come up to speed quickly.

"We have decided to permit flexibility on how hardship exemptions will be granted," Tavenner said. "I must stress we expect all providers to meet requirements in 2015. I urge you to meet the requirements this year." Scattered applause broke from members of the crowd as Tavenner made the announcement.

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