The announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding its decision to not externally test ICD-10 with physician practices has caused some added stress to the looming deadline of implementation.
According to the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), this lack of external testing could lead to “a catastrophic back-log of Medicare claims following the Oct. 1, 2014, compliance date.” CMS is conducting internal testing of ICD-10 but providers are fearful of the issues that could arise without an external testing process.
In a MGMA survey* released last month about the ICD-10 implementation, 55 percent of practices had not started implementation and almost 50 percent of respondents had not yet heard from their EHR vendor about when they will make the ICD-10 upgrade available to them.
How is your facility dealing with the deadline and implementation? What are your thoughts on the ICD-10 topic?
*MGMA Survey received responses from 1,200 practices in which more than 55,000 physicians practice.