CMS' Reported Nixing of End-to-End ICD-10 Test Irks Critics

The CMS has canceled its first scheduled round of end-to-end testing for ICD-10 in the wake of a recent, one-year reset of the compliance deadline to Oct. 1, 2015, according to knowledgeable sources.

The CMS has canceled its first scheduled round of end-to-end testing for ICD-10 in the wake of a recent, one-year reset of the compliance deadline to Oct. 1, 2015, according to knowledgeable sources.

But backing off from the schedule is not what several ICD-10 experts and advocates of a trial wanted to hear. They were hoping for a thorough dry run of the healthcare industry's money flow system using the new diagnostic and procedural codes.

“To me, it sends the exact wrong message,” said Stanley Nachimson, a health information technology consultant and ICD-10 expert. That message is: “Let's just wait another five or six months and start up again,” he complained.

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Source: Modern Healthcare