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Society signs on to letter urging no further delays to ICD-10 implementation

The Wisconsin Medical Society was among 18 organizations to sign on to a letter regarding the delay in the International Classification of Disease, 10th edition (ICD-10) implementation, which was sent to Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell this week. The letter was sent on behalf of health care organizations that represent nearly 100 hospitals and 500 clinics in 13 states with 178,000 providers and support professionals asking that there be no further delays in the implementation of ICD-10.

The letter specifically indicates support for comprehensive advance testing and urges no further delays in the ICD-10 implementation beyond the new compliance date of October 1, 2015. It also asks that providers and hospitals that have already invested significant fiscal and human resources in preparing for the change be allowed the flexibility to implement ICD-10 prior to the October 1, 2015 date.

Despite disappointment over another delay in implementing ICD-10, those needing extra time can use the delay to maximize their implementation efforts. Anyone needing assistance in making a successful transition to ICD-10 can look to the Society’s highly experienced ICD-10 trainers for guidance, programs and resources. Click here to learn what resources are available for a seamless transition by October 1, 2015.

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