A new Republican majority focused on curbing regulation may give the healthcare industry the opposite of what most are looking for: uncertainty. Or they could turn to a fairly simple option to help the stakeholders long resistant to ICD-10.
All HIPAA-covered health organizations, and especially insurers, have been handed a small victory in the war of administrative simplification, as federal regulators once again back off a policy change long in the making.
Some people will invariably take this as proof that ICD-10 will not be pushed back any further — while others will suggest it serves as evidence that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services cannot be taken at its word.
Just 10 months out from the ICD-10 compliance date, fewer than 10 percent of physician practices say they've made significant progress in their readiness for implementation, according to the Medical Group Management Association.