Coalition for ICD-10 petitions Congress to stick to current deadline

A group of industry professionals has targeted the House of Representatives and Senate in an effort to encourage  sticking to the current ICD-10 deadline.

It might be reasonably expected that, since the ICD-10 deadline has already been moved, it could be moved again in the future, even though there more time and resources have been made available for organizations to test their systems. However, a group of different organizations has recently issued a letter to major figures in the House of Representatives and Senate to demand that the current deadline still hold.

Some of the groups that form the "Coalition for ICD-10," as they call themselves, include BlueCross BlueShield Association, WellPoint and Meditronic, Inc., alongside 13 others. They argue that the previous delay that postponed mandatory ICD-10 compliance until October 2015 has been a costly one that has led to almost $7 billion in losses, and adding to the delay would only increase that number.

In addition, the letter describes the positive efforts the coalition is currently taking to promote compliance, including supporting testing initiatives to keep practitioners on target. By keeping this date fixed, they argue that there will be more of a chance for medical industry professionals to follow through.

"We support the recently announced end-to-end testing dates issued by CMS and are encouraging all of our members to participate in these opportunities," the letter reads. It also asserts that it is working on a variety of different initiatives to help, "including payer-provider collaboratives, training and outreach initiatives, and programs to help coders maintain their new code set skills."

The letter was addressed to Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner of the House and Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell of the Senate. Even though the future of the ICD-10 deadline could potentially change, participants should pursue compliance with the help of healthcare coding and consulting services to introduce them to new resources and techniques for doing so.

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