Regarding "CMS will re-examine ICD-10 timeline, Tavenner says": A delay in the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS will undermine the efforts of those who have already invested heavily in preparing for ICD-10 implementation in October 2013. Many members of the American Medical Association will still not be ready regardless of what date the CMS determines to be appropriate.
Clear timeframe key to making progress
I realize that Version 5010 has been challenging for physicians, but the definitive date of implementation for 5010 complimented by a three-month grace period gave stability to the planning and implementation processes of that change.
A definitive timeframe is an important component of the change process. It provides the impetus in healthcare planning for reducing costs, improving quality and maintaining some sense of stability.
Roland DaleHardin Medical CenterSavannah, Tenn.
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