I am also in support of the 2011 proposed implementation date for ICD-10. I read as much info as I could locate prior to commenting to CMS. I discussed the proposed rule with coworkers throughout my facility and in other professional circles. While there are definitely components in the proposed rule that need refining, the implementation date itself was not something other professional organizations opposed. In addition, while CMS will read all the comments submitted to them on any proposed rule, it is very unlikely that the same comment letter recevied over and over and over again will carry much weight.
I feel CMS provided Coders with a great compliment, estimating about 5 days for us to become educated and proficient in ICD-10! I believe CMS recognizes our committment to coding and our abilities to continuing learning and growing in our field.
I do understand the concerns of the physicians, with other regulation implementations also being due in or around the same time frame, but these are issues hospitals and other healthcare providers have faced for years. OPPS in August 2000 was huge for hospitals, as was the implentation of DRG's back in the 1980's. There are times when healthcare requires big changes. ICD-10 is just another one of those times.
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