The timeline was developed by the NCHICA-WEDI Timeline Initiative, a collaboration of provider, health plan and vendor representatives serving on several workgroups. It details the steps and time required for each industry segment (providers, plans and vendors) to effectively implement this major change in how the healthcare industry identifies diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures.
CMS has set expectations that the industry meet the deadline, and no contingency period will be allowed.
Holt Anderson, the Executive Director of NCHICA, emphasized that “The NCHICA-WEDI timeline shows graphically that the full time from now to October 2013 will be required to successfully meet the compliance deadline. We cannot continue to delay this effort.”