ICD-10 delays: Like a game of ‘Red Light, Green Light’
With all of its starting and stopping, the transition to ICD-10 is beginning to resemble the children’s game “Red Light, Green Light,” Brett LeFevre, an associate at Salt Lake City-based healthcare consulting firm Leavitt Partners, writes in a recentpost to the Health Affairs blog.
Many healthcare organizations, LeFevre says, likely are feeling disoriented by the latest delay, which was inserted into a bill in late March to implement a 12-month patch to the sustainable growth rate payment formula. The bill–the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014–was signed into law by President Obama on April 1.
While some groups, like physician group practices, were grateful for the latest delay, according to LeFevre, others seemingly were blindsided by the news. It’s the second postponement in nearly two years.
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