Wednesday, May 7, 2014

ICD-10 Delay

Dianne De La Mare

Last week, the US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) told participants at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) ICD-10 Summit that Congress’ move to delay the ICD-10 transition until October 1, 2015, was a surprise to CMS, and the delay had been difficult for the agency. Prior to Congress’ action (where it passed the short-term Sustainable Growth Rate patch with a provision delaying the implementation of ICD-10), CMS Administrator, Marilyn Tavenner, had gone on the record stating that ICD-10 implementation would not be delayed beyond October 1, 2014.

The agency had planned for limited end-to-end testing in July 2014 with a select group of providers and others, and had just started a provider outreach initiative focusing on small providers. CMS will have to tell providers soon  (expecting an interim final rule in the near future) exactly how it intends to proceed with the implementation of ICD-10. In the meantime, it’s important for providers to take advantage of the extra year for implementation and prioritize the most critical areas of focus to ensure adequate preparation in 2015.

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