We’ve got a date!
Much of the healthcare industry was stunned on March 31, when Congress announced that due to passage of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, ICD-10 could not be implemented before Oct. 1, 2015. Things looked dismal, as though all hope was lost for a time, with providers stuck not knowing whether ICD-10 was coming or going.
Doubts, skepticism, confusion, and frustration initially seemed to overwhelm many who already have spent millions aiming for what seemed to be an ever-moving go-live target date. On the other hand, a few rejoiced because ICD-10 was being put on the backburner for a period of time (or perhaps, maybe, hopefully, forever). However, as the drama unfolded, it became evident that the majority of providers started making good use of the additional grace period by focusing on fine-tuning their ICD-10 testing and other preparation efforts.