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A Roadmap for the Industry: WEDI's Letter to HHS

June 06, 2014
WEDI submitted a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlining a high-level ICD-10 transition roadmap.
 
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In its advisory role under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) identifies important issues related to healthcare information exchange and related areas that it believes merit review and consideration by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). In response to the recent ICD-10 delay under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, we would like to take this opportunity to provide you with suggested actions in an effort to minimize continued disruption to the healthcare industry.

We are concerned that if the implementation actions continue as is with the new compliance date, the industry could experience ongoing challenges leading to protracted implementation and unnecessary burden and cost. We applaud steps already taken, but recognize there is still more that can and should be done. As discussed in detail below, WEDI recommends that HHS take immediate steps that include:
  • Ensuring Medicare and Medicaid readiness transparency
  • Expediting, supporting and expanding industry testing
  • Expanding provider education and support
  • Targeting outreach to non-covered entities
In an effort to solicit industry input on implications of the delay, WEDI convened an industry summit on April 30, 2014 in Reston, Virginia, with more than two hundred industry stakeholders participating. The summit examined the root causes of organizations not being fully prepared for ICD-10 and impacts of the delay. Attendees then developed a high-level roadmap of actions for dealing with the delay and moving toward compliance. This summit was a collaborative event co-sponsored by the Professional Association of Healthcare Office Management (PAHCOM), Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).