Well, the final Senate vote is in, and ICD-10 has been delayed for at least another year by a vote of 64 to 35. Specifically, the bill that has now passed both the House and Senate states that, “The Secretary of Health and Human Service may not, prior to Oct. 1, 2015, adopt ICD-10 code sets as the standard for codes sets.”
There are certainly mixed feelings across the healthcare industry about this delay. As with any big change, it has its pros and cons. For many of you, this is welcome news! For others, this delay represents yet another change in direction and perhaps some time wasted preparing for a never-ending transition.
How do you (and others) feel about the delay of ICD-10?
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) stands firm in the belief that ICD-10 should move forward. They are supported by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), which also opposed the delay. The American Medical Association (AMA), on the other hand, has been pushing for a delay of ICD-10 because they feel physicians are not adequately prepared for this change and the cost for practices is prohibitive.
At Kareo, we’ve been aggressively preparing for this change to support our private practice customers. And many practices have invested time and money in preparing for this change as well. So what does this vote mean for you?
While it is a delay, ICD-10 isn’t going away. So if you are in the 60% or so of practices that started preparations for ICD-10, don’t lose that work. Finish any training or other projects you have in process now, and clearly document where you are in your preparations. Then, continue to monitor ICD-10 news so you know when it is time to get started again.
In the meantime, Kareo will finish our updates to Kareo PM and Kareo EHR so that we are ready for ICD-10 in plenty of time for the new deadline. Once we know what the new deadline and timelines for testing are across the industry, we’ll update you.
Kareo’s goal is to simplify everything our customers do so that their focus is where it should be—on patients. We’ll continue to monitor ICD-10 and adapt to support our customers when the transition occurs. We’re committed to making the change as easy and seamless as we can.
Kareo will also continue to provide ongoing updates and information through our ICD-10 Resource Center. Check back regularly for updated news and information.