We’ve been writing about the coming ICD-10 deadline for a while including when the ICD-10 deadline was delayed another year. Every sign I’ve seen says that ICD-10 won’t be delayed anymore. The rumblings are starting to come out that many healthcare organizations aren’t ready for ICD-10.
In response, to this, I found it interesting that the TrustHCS Academy has put together a program to train coding professionals on ICD-10. I expect many medical coding professionals will be interested in this type of class. ICD-10 is one thing that could really benefit from a training class like this.
I recently was part of a discussion where an Epic EHR consultant was saying that EHR had been mandated and everyone should get on board or else suffer the consequences. I quickly corrected him that there is no EHR mandate. In a rare moment, he apologized for his mistake and agreed there was no EHR mandate. Then, he asked an interesting question, “Is ICD-10 a mandate?”
I guess in its purest form, ICD-10 is not a mandate. If you’re ok practicing medicine with only cash pay payments, then I guess you could choose not to use ICD-10. However, if you want to get reimbursed, then ICD-10 has been mandated.