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ICD-10 classes canceled for April 8 and 15 due to federal postponement of launch

Apr 07, 2014

BHS Medical Staff:

As most of you may know, President Obama has signed legislation that postpones Medicare payment cuts to physicians, and that also included last-minute language that delays federal implementation of ICD-10 until October 1, 2015.

Of course, the good news about H.R. 4302 – Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 is that physicians who care for Medicare patients will not face a drop in reimbursement. However, for those of us who have been preparing to meet the Oct. 1, 2014 deadline to begin using ICD-10 codes, this legislation is prompting questions.

Baptist Health System will be changing but not stopping our education efforts to our medical staff. We will cancel the April 8 and 15 videoconference introductory sessions for physicians while we wait for specific guidance from Tenet. However, we expect to proceed with training sessions even though they may be in a different time frame.

This extension will give our staff and physicians extra time to become proficient in ICD-10 so that when it does finally launch, our coding will be accurate ensuring appropriate reimbursement.  It is a possibility that some insurers will decide to proceed with the previous launch date, and that is one of the things Tenet is considering in making its decision.

So, in a nutshell, there is a federal postponement of ICD-10 launch for one year. We will slow but not stop our education and training opportunities. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks.

William H. Bradshaw, M.D., F.A.C.S.
President, Medical Staff 2013-2015
Baptist Health System