Many health care professionals breathed a sigh of relief in late March when the U.S. Congress delayed implementation of the new ICD-10 coding set along with a Medicare Bill. However, other doctors and health care administrators were frustrated by the delay. Some find it disheartening after being assured repeatedly that this change-over would take place as originally scheduled.
Such frustrations are understandable. The administrator of the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), Marilyn Tavenner had warned the medical community many times, as recently as last February, that the implementation of the new coding system would not be delayed and that medical facilities needed to be ready.
Countless clinics, hospitals and private practices have invested in ICD-10 training webinars, classes instruction manuals and software. It’s not only been an investment in materials, but also in time as medical staff members prepared to start using the new coding system.
The ICD-10 coding system, the implementation of which is now set to take place no sooner than October 1, 2015, replaces the old ICD-9 system and includes more than 50,000 additional codes. The system is designed to better define patient illnesses and diagnoses and to address those conditions that did not exist when the old system was put into place.
Last Updated on April 11, 2014