Coalition for ICD-10 Welcomes GAO Report on CMS Readiness to Implement ICD-10
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) and the health care industry for ICD-10 conversion on October 1, 2015. The report highlights successful efforts by CMS to complete all ICD-10 related changes to its Medicare payment systems and conduct testing, and notes the depth and extent of CMS programs that are helping the entire industry prepare for the transition.
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, and that the Agency has undertaken extensive efforts to help the health care industry prepare. 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.”