The Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, signed into law this month by President Obama, delayed implementation of the ICD-10 code set until at least Oct. 1, 2015. Stakeholders want some sense of a new implementation date when they hear from Denise Buenning with CMS's Office of e-Health Standards and Services.
Also Tuesday, the Coalition for ICD-10 gained a strong partner with the announcement that America's Health Insurance Plans has joined the industry's lead advocacy group.
"The implementation of ICD-10 is a critical step on the path to a more sustainable health system for consumers," AHIP President/CEO Karen Ignagni said in a media release. "We look forward to working with all members of the Coalition to help advance this important transition."
In addition to AHIP, Coalition for ICD-10 members include: American Health Information Management Association; American Hospital Association; BlueCross BlueShield Association; College of Healthcare Information Management Executives; WellPoint; Siemens Health Services; and 3M Health Information Systems.
"AHIP has always been for no delay and we are glad to have them on the coalition," Thomas Gordon said. "Everyone talks about end-to-end testing and 'are we ready?' so it's nice to make sure the payers are with you."