Pam, I agree, I doubt very much the President has a clue what ICD-10 is!!
Having attended the Coordination and Maintenance Meetings at CMS twice a year for the last four years, I will be SHOCKED if it is actually pushed back. I believe they will offer a grace period instead. I would like to be a mouse at CMS as I believe there are several people there who are livid at the mention of even contemplating push back. Pat Brooks has stated many times "there will be no extension, 10/1/13 is FIRM!!! Also, if it goes thru rule-making it may takes months for a new date to be given. So will they really wait until 12 or so months ahead of time to annouce a new date? I really don't think so!!
I don't believe it is fair to the entities that have already spent lots of money, provided or are planning to provide training to staff, organizations that are "ready" now or in the process of getting to the ready point!! Those entities would then assume more costs to retrain people if ICD-10 is pushed back.
Physicians, coders and facilities need to continue to work towards the original date. I don't think its a panic situation.
I too am annoyed that they are even thinking about this, I have worked with ICD-10 in different capacities for many years and its time to GO LIVE!!
Machelle Morningstar, CPC, COC, CEMC, COSC
AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer