On Tuesday, Marilyn Tavenner, the acting head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS), signaled that the agency will extend the timeline on ICD-10 implementation. In speaking with attendees at the American Medical Association Advocacy Conference in Washington, Tavenner told reporters that CMS will “re-examine the timeframe”. She did not say when that will occur but said that CMS would send details when the time is appropriate.
Tavenner acknowledged that there is concern within CMS that the healthcare community cannot get their work done around meaningful use, ICD-10 implementation and other mandates. She said “we’re trying to listen and be responsive.”
ADVOCATE has a long standing position that any transition to ICD-10 will result in a net negative for the healthcare industry for the foreseeable future. The negative impact from forcing such a change will be monumental while serving no real benefit. The rocky transition to 5010, a very small step in the preparation for ICD-10, has caused industry-wide issues and payment delays, and it also dwarfs the ICD-10 conversion in comparison. Smaller hospitals, payors and physician groups, which make up a significant portion of the US healthcare market and serve a tremendous number of Americans, are completely unequipped for this sweeping government mandate. CMS should scrap this unwarranted mandate and concentrate on improving the industry in other ways.
ADVOCATE will keep you posted as more information becomes available.
Kirk Reinitz, CPA
President & CEO