My earliest recollections of ICD-10 are associated with slight panic. Near the start of my career as a chief information officer, I had a conversation with a very anxious departmental specialist in the early 1990s about our need to quickly prepare for the imminent shift from ICD-9 to ICD-10. I did some research and soon had in my possession an electronic copy of the new ICD-10 codes and two leather-bound versions of the code books.
It appears as if we were a little too reactionary.
As of early May, the CMS is intending to set Oct. 1, 2015, as the new deadline for transitioning to ICD-10. In the time since, there's been no shortage of opinion on whether the delay is a bane or a boon.