ICD-10 Delayed Until October 2014

Thu, Apr 12, 2012 --


The decision has finally come. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a proposed rule on April 9 to delay the implementation of ICD-10 one year– from Oct. 1, 2013, to Oct. 1, 2014.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conducted a survey, the results of which showed that up to one quarter of health care providers believe they will not be ready for the 2013 compliance date. Therefore, the delay suggested by the proposed rule would allow more time for covered entities to test their systems properly and transition smoothly to new code sets, and would also help them avoid costly obstacles that would otherwise emerge while in production, HHS says.

The HHS also said that a 1-year delay would provide sufficient time for small providers and small hospitals to become ICD-10 compliant and would be the least financially burdensome to those who had planned to be compliant on October 1, 2013.

To read the proposed rule, visit http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2012-08718_PI.pdf.


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Barnali is a medical coding and billing writer at TCI who has worked in the healthcare industry since 2009. She holds a master’s degree in English literature and a diploma in advertising and marketing. She enjoys writing about ICD-10 and Medicare compliance.

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