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August 24, 2012

ICD-10 delayed one year

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Friday the final rule that changes the implementation deadline for the transition to ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS from October 1, 2013 to October 1, 2014.

The rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register Sept. 5.
HHS concluded that delaying ICD-10 by one year does the least to disrupt existing implementation efforts, and minimizes the costs of delay, while affording the small provider community an additional year to become compliant. In order to assist entities in being prepared to meet the new compliance date, HHS expects to increase education and outreach events and to work with industry on improvements to the overall standards implementation process.

February 16, 2012

HHS: Some entities will have ICD-10 delays

A news release issued by HHS today:

As part of President Obama’s commitment to reducing regulatory burden, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen G. Sebelius today announced that HHS will initiate a process to postpone the date by which certain health care entities have to comply with International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition diagnosis and procedure codes (ICD-10).

The final rule adopting ICD-10 as a standard was published in January 2009 and set a compliance date of October 1, 2013 – a delay of two years from the compliance date initially specified in the 2008 proposed rule.  HHS will announce a new compliance date moving forward.

“ICD-10 codes are important to many positive improvements in our health care system,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.  “We have heard from many in the provider community who have concerns about the administrative burdens they face in the years ahead.  We are committing to work with the provider community to reexamine the pace at which HHS and the nation implement these important improvements to our health care system.”

ICD-10 codes provide more robust and specific data that will help improve patient care and enable the exchange of our health care data with that of the rest of the world that has long been using ICD-10.  Entities covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) will be required to use the ICD-10 diagnostic and procedure codes.

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February 15, 2012

Delay in ICD-10?

The CMS acting director testified Tuesday that the agency may consider delaying ICD-10.

Here are several links to stories:

The Hill:

Government Health IT:


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