Updated on: March 17, 2016

CMS Huddles with Healthcare Associations on Messaging

Original story posted on: February 24, 2014

At the end of a long day – the first official day of the HIMSS14 Annual Conference and Exhibition – Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services representatives charged with coordinating the adoption of ICD-10 huddled for a private meeting with healthcare association leaders.

Front and center for CMS was the task of getting a temperature reading regarding what the various associations have been doing to help their members with the implementation of ICD-10 – plus the ongoing effort to massage the “messaging” about ICD-10.


According to an attendee who spoke to ICD10monitor on the condition of anonymity, association members appeared to be reacting in unison when describing how the messaging about ICD-10 should be conveyed from CMS, noting a particular emphasis on phrases indicating that there will be “no delay.” (Such language reflects a not-so-subtle reference to the rumor that CMS could be considering yet another postponement.)

Another notion that seemed to resonate with attendees involved messages from CMS and association members conveying a “sense of urgency.”

CMS representative Denesecia Green asked what type of education associations have been offering for their members – a common response was that the associations have been using webinars.

Among those in attendance whom one source could identify were Rob Tennant of MGMA, North Carolina Health Information and Communication Alliance (NCHICA) Executive Director Holt Anderson, Melody Mulaik of HBMA, Lisa Gallagher of HIMSS, Tim McMullen of Cooperative Exchange, and Tom Meyers from AHIP.

CMS told attendees to expect important announcements emerging during the remainder of the HIMSS conference this week.

As news anchors used to say before there was videotape, “film at 11.”


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Chuck Buck

Chuck Buck is the publisher of ICD10monitor and is the executive producer and program host of Talk Ten Tuesdays.