WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 6, 2015)—The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released a report on the readiness of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement ICD-10 on October 1, 2015. The report highlights successful efforts by CMS to complete all ICD-10 related changes to its Medicare payment systems, implement testing, and prepare stakeholders for the move to ICD-10, including programs and tools specifically geared towards small and rural providers.
The Coalition for ICD-10 issued the following statement:
“Today’s report by the Government Accountability Office affirms widespread recognition across the health care industry that CMS is well-prepared to implement the U.S. transition to ICD-10 on October 1, 2015. Coalition members are working together and with CMS to ensure a smooth and successful transition for all health care stakeholders. Our members are engaging in significant efforts to identify and educate those in need of implementation assistance through payer-provider collaboratives, training and outreach initiatives, and programs to help coders continue to achieve complete and accurate coding. We welcome the GAO report and support its findings. The U.S. is ready to move forward with ICD-10 with no further delays.”
View the press release from the Senate Finance Committee here.
View the report from the Government Accountability Office here.