Successful compliance with the new ICD-10 regulations will require a team effort among payers, hospitals and the federal government, health IT experts said during an ICD-10 summit sponsored by the American Health Information Management Association in Washington.
Last month, the Obama administration announced that it would sustain the Bush administrations Jan. 1, 2012 deadline for using the 5010 standards for electronic transactions and the Oct. 1, 2013 target date for use of the ICD-10 series of clinical codes.
We cant do this alone, said Harry Reynolds Jr., vice president and information compliance officer with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, adding that providers need to use the CMS crosswalk between ICD-9 and 10 as a hub for our journey.
Karen Trudel, deputy director of the CMS' Office of E-Health Standards and Services, indicated that the agency would be developing and implementing an industrywide communication plan for ICD-10 and 5010 as part of its outreach efforts to providers. (Please click here for a longer version of this story.)