Government Shutdown Will Not Stop ICD-10 Transition

CMSFor those of you hoping the potential government shut-down would postpone ICD-10, don’t count on it. In a media call Thursday, CMS Deputy Administrator Dr. Patrick Conway said CMS is prepared to go forward with the implementation of ICD-10 even if there is a government shutdown.

"In the event of a shutdown, we will continue--and I want to be clear on this--to pay claims, to implement the ICD-10 transition," Conway said.

In terms of updates on the transition after Oct. 1, Conway said CMS will monitor the transition in as close to real-time as possible, but added it likely would be a few weeks before the agency could offer a full review of those efforts.

"Medicare claims take several days to be processed, and can take approximately two weeks. Medicaid claims can take up to 30 days to be submitted and processed. For this reason, we expect to have more detailed information after a full billing cycle is complete," he said. "We would, of course, communicate transparently with our various stakeholders about how the transition has progressed."

While provider claims would not be jeopardized if the government shuts down, the status of the agency’s new ICD-10 Coordination Center and it ombudsman will be in question. Conway said they had yet to determine how critical the coordination center and the ombudsman position would be to the transition.

As of Friday afternoon, the likelihood of a government shutdown was dramatically reduced with the announcement of John Boehner's resignation.

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