ICD-10 may not be postponed for everyone

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services blinked last week on ICD-10, but how long will the agency postpone its deadline? One school of thought is that it will be delayed for a year or two, but CMS' announcement mentioned that only "certain healthcare entities" would be granted a reprieve. Which entities? We don't know yet. One possibility, according to Erica Drazen, managing partner of emerging practices for CSC Consulting, is that CMS "may delay ICD-10 for small and rural hospitals and doctors and not for larger hospitals. While many large systems have indicated they will keep their ICD-10 plans on track, physician practices--especially those of 10 or fewer doctors --may need the extra time. --Read the full commentary from FierceHealthIT