August 28, 2012

The Feds Got it Right…This Time

By Denny Flint

I believe in giving credit where credit is due – and in this case, CMS and HHS got it right.

I think they deserve a pat on the back and the thanks of the entire healthcare community and country. The reason I say so is that what is most impressive and encouraging about their choice, to me, is not just that they got it right, but how.

In the puzzle palaces’ world of political intrigue and influence, and especially during an election year, most of us probably feared or even resigned ourselves to the fact that this would be a decision based on political advantage. However, in this case our government did what it was supposed to do, and should always do.

The government analyzed the problems and issues, solicited comments, considered those comments carefully and made its decision based on how to make ICD-10 work best. I actually was inspired by reading the final rule and seeing how clearly they listened, considered and then applied the standards of workability and reason.

I can't remember saying that about government any time in the last 20 years. This was not a politically based decision! That falls into the "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" category.

Now is the time for every segment of the healthcare industry to pull together – AMA, insurers, vendors, providers, hospitals, support organizations and everyone else involved – to make ICD-10 work for our industry and our country.

I'm in! And I am prouder to be an American today.

About the Author

Denny is the president of Complete Practice Resources, a healthcare education, consulting and software company headquartered in Slidell, La. He formerly served as the CEO of a large, multi-specialty physician group and full-service MSO. Denny has authored or co-authored numerous “common-sense” practice management books and implementation manuals. He is an award-winning, nationally known consultant, speaker and educator who specializes in bringing his expertise to bear on making the complex simple. He currently serves on the editorial board of ICD10monitor.

Educated at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Denny had a distinguished career as an Air Force pilot and has a long history of commitment to excellence and dedication to his clients’ success.

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