Congress has voted to delay the implementation of ICD-10 to as early as Oct. 1, 2015. Certainly, many physician practices were on track to make the massive coding change but plenty of others were not. The good news is: Everyone now has more time to prepare and practice.
Don’t view the announcement as permission to procrastinate. The additional months provide you the opportunity to fine tune what you already have in place and continue to practice. Dual-code your charts internally and improve the specificity of physician documentation. Work with your vendor to test with payers so you don’t experience financial hardship after October 2015.
We’ll do our part! The ISMA will monitor changes and report any updates as information becomes available. For questions, contact the ISMA’s Gloria Kirkham at (800) 257-4762 or (317) 261-2060 or via email. Continue to rely on your membership organization for ICD-10 education and training as you make progress toward the new deadline.
Refer often to our ICD-10 education page here.