Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 12, 2012
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius this week announced a proposed rule to delay required ICD-10 compliance from Oct. 1, 2013, to Oct. 1, 2014. As a proposed rule, HHS is asking for comments. Care Communications strongly encourages HIM leaders to confer within their organizations and then share comments with HHS during the 30 day comment period.
A new final compliance date may be announced as early as June. A one-year delay may result in a few discrete changes in ICD-10 preparation activities however, most should not be significantly affected. “For those organizations or practices that have not been able to get much traction in their ICD-10 preparations, it is not too late to create a smooth transition, but clearly now is the time to ramp up,” said Leslie Fox, CEO of Care Communications. “A one-year delay may be just the added time organizations need to be thoroughly prepared and mitigate the risks of a poor transition.” The risks of not being ready are well documented and can be financially significant.
Care Communications will continue closely monitoring this issue and welcomes your questions or comments.
About Care Communications
Care Communications is a nationally recognized leader in health information and has served the needs of over 1,000 healthcare organizations since 1976. Care Communications offers hospitals and medical practices the industry’s most focused, effective and comprehensive suite of health information consulting, outsourcing and staffing services, including medical coding, ICD-10 CM/PCS transition, compliance, cancer registry, data integrity, interim management, clinical research support and leadership development. Care Communications is the preferred HIM vendor for VHA hospitals and has been an Elite Award winner as one of the “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” in Chicago since 2008.
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