“#wimps.” That was the email I sent to my colleagues upon reading that CMS officially put off ICD-10 implementation for a year.
Let me explain: Us SearchHealthIT editors frequently lard emails among ourselves with social media shorthand (in this case, a Twitter hashtag) and ridiculous Memegenerator.com images referencing inside jokes. While some of them even we don’t quite get ourselves, “#wimps” should be pretty clear to anyone.
In regard to ICD-10: Technically, it’s not my job to sympathize with anyone, and I don’t, mostly. It’s my job to tell the long story of our U.S. health IT implementation reality show as it unfolds, one episode at a time.
Certainly I don’t sympathize with the American Medical Association or the Medical Group Management Association, more #wimps, judging from their responses to CMS’s yearlong ICD-10 stay, which resonate like my eight-year-old arguing for extra video-game time when he should have been in bed an hour ago.
It’s not that I’m a CMS fan, either, although I do agree with the agency’s contention that it’s time to move off of ICD-9, a technology peer of the IBM punch card, for gosh sakes. Neither am I a Big Health Care fan, even though well-heeled health systems and payers probably are best equipped to weather the ICD-10 transition. Can’t even say that I’m a T Bedirhan Üstün, M.D. fan, either.