I’m writing this article on Friday, March 28, so I have no real insight into what might happen next week into what might happen next week as the U.S. Senate votes on the House-approved “doc-fix” legislation that includes a controversial paragraph that would extend the ICD-10 implementation date to Oct. 1,2015. I suspect that we’re looking at another one-year delay, but anything is possible, and my crystal ball has been on the fritz ever since I filled out my NCAA bracket.

I’m feeling a sense of déjà vu, as I’ve written a few ICD10monitor articles about delays and impacts in the past, including:

  • “ICD-10 Delay Seen as Positive to Some” (Tuesday, April 17, 2012), written in reaction to the last one-year delay. This article explored the relief felt by most at finally having some guidance after a few months of hinted delay. This latest delay is a bit more merciful, from this perspective (only a few days of angst, as opposed to a few months).

  • “The Pauser’s Dilemma” (Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013), which described some of the challenges faced by companies that chose to “pause” or halt their ICD-10 programs when the last delay was announced.

  • “ICD-10: The Home Stretch?” (Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014), which explored where we really were at with ICD-10 implementation. I wasn’t of a mindset that we were in a home stretch last month, and clearly, we may be one year farther away from the home stretch than we were last week.

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