May 2014

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   Barbara Aung, DPM, notes that the delay gives a grace period for those who were not ready for ICD-10 in their practices. On the other hand, she says many have spent time and money to learn the new codes and documentation, getting computer systems and billing offices ready, and training staff. While the delay means the time and money have not really been lost, she says the delay “can be a letdown as we may feel we are ready to make the change.”

   Dr. Aung cautions that it really would be a speculation as to when the ICD-10 will be required but one can assume that the deadline will be Oct. 1, 2015.

   “There is no crystal ball to know if the government will change the deadline again,” says Dr. Aung, who is in private practice in Tuscon, Ariz., and is the Co-Director of the Wound Center at Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tucson, Ariz. “Their stance appeared firm after the initial delay in 2013 but with this second delay, I probably won’t be as adamant that the deadline is in stone.”

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