April 30, 2014

WEDI Attendees Favor 2015 Start Date for ICD-10


A straw-poll vote by attendees at the Workgroup for Electronic Data Exchange (WEDI) ICD-10 Emergency Summit indicated favor for 2015 as the implementation date for the new code set.


The informal vote was taken toward the end of a daylong meeting called earlier this month by WEDI following the recent congressional vote to approve a short-term solution to prevent cuts to physician payments, which would have occurred under the contentious sustainable growth rate formula. Included in one section of the legislation was the delay in the adoption of ICD-10 code sets until at least Oct. 1, 2015.

In the meeting today, which was attended by a cross-section of healthcare stakeholders, WEDI officials said information gathered during the event will be used to create a set of recommendations and a “roadmap” for implementation of ICD-10 that will be delivered to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Other than perfunctory remarks made last week by acting CMS Office of E-Health Standards and Services Deputy Director Denise Buenning before the ICD-10 Summit staged by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), CMS has been noncommittal in responding to the industry about its plans to reset the clock for ICD-10 implementation.

In wrapping up the session, WEDI Chairman Jim Daley said the industry needs to continue testing as well as incorporate education and training.

“We need to develop ways to help … the providers prepare for the changes upcoming with ICD-10,” Daley told audience members, adding that stakeholders also need to “bring vendor readiness into timeline planning” in a timely fashion. “We need to facilitate this to make it easier for making everyone comply,” he added.

Acknowledging that WEDI does not lobby, Daley indicated that his organization could share “how we got there and where we are” with those who have an interest in moving forward.

“Confidence in dates goes hand in hand with the credibility concerns,” Daley said. “(We need to) establish contingency plans for those who ‘miss the bus.’”

Among other matters, Daley addressed the following:

  • Better ways to identify those not ready or struggling with implementation;
  • Consistency of messaging across the industry;
  • Understanding and addressing the concerns of those providers that are not ready;
  • The need for organizations to communicate and contact their reps regarding the money spent on ICD-10 implementation;
  • Assurance from CMS that the date is firm; and
  • A comprehensive CMS public relations campaign on the benefits of the ICD-10 transition.

“As much as we’ve spoken about communicating to Congress, I urge people to communicate to CMS,” Stanley Nachimson told the audience. “If they (CMS) do publish a proposal with a new date, I highly recommend you take a look and reply with what you think the answer should be. If you truly believe it’s not a good idea, write that and come up with a suggestion with a different option for why it’s better.”



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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.