ICD-10 Implementation Delayed- KHCA/KCAL Education Still Available

 

KHCA/KCAL will be holding an ICD-10 Training, May 20-21, 2014 in Topeka, KS Register Online Today

On Monday evening the Senate approved a bill H.R. 4302 "Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014" which included a delay for ICD-10 implementation until 2015. The bill was signed into law on Tuesday following a 64 to 35 vote in the Democratic-led Senate on Monday, after the Republican-led House had approved the bill late last week. 

The inclusion of the ICD-10 delay in the bill came as a surprise to the industry because CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner stated one month ago that there would be no extension. The ICD-10 delay was only one paragraph of a larger bill mostly focused on postponing cuts in Medicare reimbursement to doctors that would otherwise be required under the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. 

A one-year delay provides welcome breathing room for some organizations to further prepare for the ICD-10 transition. Numerous provider associations are encouraging operators to continue with their current ICD 10 training plans as the transition to this far reaching initiative has significant financial, clinical, quality and operational effects.

Many providers are asking, what is next?

  • Providers need to continue to take the necessary steps to transition to ICD-10
  • Review your organization's readiness for ICD-10
  • Continue staff education efforts with training plans, utilizing this extension to ensure that you have a depth of team members trained across departments and functional responsibility areas

Continue to improve clinical documentation processes, while building a strong foundation for process improvement knowing that ICD-10 is a measure of quality and will be critical to the new quality measures included in the H.R. 4302 bill.