The potential for a perfect storm of ICD-10 being implemented and the federal government shutting down on the same day – Oct. 1, less than a week away – is stirring major concerns among providers nationwide.

The majority of questions fielded by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Principal Deputy Administrator Patrick H. Conway and CMS ICD-10 Ombudsman William Rogers during a Thursday morning press conference call centered on what such a shutdown could mean for providers scrambling to address issues associated with the implementation.

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