CIOs Might Be Ready On Time For ICD-10 Deadline Next Year, But Will The Government?

Carl Natale | Government Health IT | November 27, 2013

John D. Halamka, chief information officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and co-chair of the HIT Standards Committee doesn't think enough healthcare organizations will be ready for ICD-10 implementation on Oct. 1.

He's worried about:

* Meaningful Use stage 2 attestation

* ICD-10 implementation

* HIPAA Omnibus Rule readiness

* Accountable Care Act (ACA) implementation

Halamka contends all these initiatives are creating too many problems for the healthcare industry to handle properly. Considering all the bad press the ACA is getting right now, not many people will argue with Halamka.

He wants a six-month enforcement delay of on ICD-10 compliance so healthcare providers and payers who are ready can go live.