And, according to Dan Rode, vice president for advocacy and policy at the American Health Information Management Association, the government is setting a bad example by pulling the plug on 2013. “If they keep avoiding these due dates, then we've got real issues, and that's been a history in HIPAA, having the dates pushed back,” Rode said. “For those who aren't interested and lagging behind, they say: Well, gee, we'll just get an extension; but for others, they'll say: How can I develop a strategic plan if we don't have this due date?”
Late last week the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society issued a statement calling for most healthcare entities to stay on track to implement ICD-10 by Oct. 1, 2013. The organization said 90% of about 300 IT executives who responded to a new survey said they expected to meet the deadline.
Others see the pause as an opportunity to rethink the whole program, including Dr. Joseph Schneider, chief medical information officer and medical director of clinical information at Baylor Health Care System in Dallas. Schneider said the next step should instead be a national dialogue on replacing ICD-10.
“There are other, better ways to do this other than to go to a system” that was first adopted outside the U.S. in 1994, Schneider said. ICD-10 was first released by the World Health Organization in 1990. It is in widespread deployment elsewhere in the industrialized world, but not in the U.S., where its use is limited, chiefly for mortality reporting.