The American Medical Association has stated their preference for the ICD-10 implementation date being delayed to October 1, 2015. This was in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services decision to postpone the original ICD-10 coding classification transition from October 1, 2013 to October 1, 2014. In fact, they also stated that if stakeholders cannot reach consensus on this matter during this two-year delay period, then the move to ICD-10 should be postponed indefinitely.

Healthcare Finance News brought this topic to our attention in their blog titled, “The burden of the ICD-10 delay.” An indefinite postponement could be a real challenge for those who have invested massive amounts of time and money into preparing for this new coding system.

Melody K. Smith

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