Delivering on its promise to offer tactical recommendations for steering the healthcare industry to ICD-10, the Workgroup for Data Interchange on Thursday circulated a roadmap.
It came within a letter addressed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, wherein WEDI called for several actions, notably these half-a-dozen steps:
- Ensure Medicare and Medicaid readiness transparency
- Expedite, supporting and expanding industry testing
- Expand provider education and support
- Target outreach to non-covered entities
- Conduct or support limited pilots
- Establish clear milestones and track readiness
In response to President Obama signing the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, thereby pushing ICD-10 back at least a year, WEDI convened an ICD-10 Emergency Summit to collect stakeholder input and generate what it is now calling the “aggressive transition roadmap” to drive payers and providers toward the all-but-confirmed new deadline of October 1, 2015.
“It is critical that HHS work with private industry to establish credibility in a new compliance date by focusing on critical issues such as readiness transparency, comprehensive testing, and augmented education,” WEDI CEO Devin Jopp said in a prepared statement. “Absent these actions, we are concerned that implementation of the code sets will continue to be protracted, adding needless administrative burden and cost to the industry.”
Government Health IT owner Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society was a cosponsor of the collaborative emergency summit, alongside the Professional Association of Healthcare Office Management, and the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).