Guarded hope that the transition to ICD-10 is progressing and confidence that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will not delay the implementation and enforcement date of October 1, 2014 prevailed during yesterday’s broadcast of Talk-Ten-Tuesday from the 2014 HIMSS conference.

Proof of that cautious optimism came from AHIMA’s Meryl Bloomrosen, vice president for thought leadership, practice excellence and public policy. Bloomrosen summarized the key points of her recent testimony to the National Committee for Vital Health Statistics (NCVHS) on industry readiness. Although many providers, clearinghouses, and payers, as well as CMS, are well on their way to being ready for implementation on Oct. 1, some non-hospital providers, small physician practices, and hospitals are behind and facing important challenges.

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