Delaying ICD-10

ICD-10 Compliance Date in Question

On February 16th Secretary Sebilus of HHS announced they will “initiate a process to postpone the date by which certain health care entities have to comply with International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition diagnosis and procedure codes (ICD-10)”. This brings the current compliance date of October 1, 2013 into question, a date that was previously moved up two years from the original 2011 date. The World Health Organization endorsed ICD-10 in May of 1990, WHO member states began using it starting in 1994. Most every major county except the US has transitioned to ICD-10. In fact the WHO is scheduled to release the Beta version of ICD-11 to the public this coming May.

So what is everyone saying about the delay? Where is the pressure coming from for the delay? Why is the rest of the world so clearly leaving us behind when it comes to collection of health data? Here are my reading picks on the issue.