It's two years now and counting down, until Oct. 1, 2013. That's when, according to experts, the information technology sector of the U.S. healthcare industry must make, quite possibly, its biggest lift ever—ready or not.
“It's a big, big date,” says health IT consultant Stanley Nachimson. “Bigger than Y2K or 4010 or 5010 or any of the HIPAA implementations. It will impact everything from patient registration to reporting. It's a big deal.”
Nachimson should know. The principal of Nachimson Advisors, a health IT consultancy, is a former senior technical adviser for health IT activities at the CMS. The “it” he's talking about is the CMS-mandated conversion from the International Classification of Diseases Ninth Revision, or ICD-9 family of diagnostic and procedural codes in current use, to the far larger and more complex ICD-10 code family.