A recent MGMA survey reveals that many EHR and practice management vendors do not have a definitive plan for ICD-10, which begins October 1, 2014. Many medical practices are behind on their ICD-10 plans as well.
The original ICD-10 compliance deadline was October 1 of this year, but the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) delayed it due to “incremental changes needed in reforming healthcare.” Some physician groups have advocated for another ICD-10 delay, but the government has stood its ground on the current timeline.
In fact, just a few days ago, Farzad Mostashari squashed any hopes of an ICD-10 delay. Mostashari is the head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), which is responsible for increasing EHR adoption throughout the country. During a keynote delivered at the HIMSS Media ICD-10 Forum, Mostashari stated, twice, “There are no plans for any more extensions.”
There are few government regulations regarding how a practice makes the ICD-10 transition, so that is largely up to vendors and practice administrators. Some vendors offer training, such as webinars and consulting services, to help practices make the necessary changes.
“At the end of the day, this massive transformation (of healthcare reform) isn’t going to be about ICD-10,” Mostashari said. Nor will it be about meaningful use, or other government requirements. The end goal of all the initiatives headed by ONC is to improve population health, to improve quality of healthcare while reducing costs, and to encourage patient engagement. ICD-10 is just a small piece that will contribute to better overall healthcare.
See Government Health IT for more on Mostashari’s comments on ICD-10.
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