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New ICD-10 Implementation Deadline Announced for Healthcare Providers

The federally mandated use of ICD-10 code sets will be required by Oct. 1, 2015.

By Bisk on May 27, 2014
New ICD-10 Delay Announced to Healthcare Providers

Healthcare providers will be required to use ICD-10 beginning Oct. 1, 2015, according to the new deadline set by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The announcement comes about a month after President Obama signed legislation delaying the ICD-10 compliance date until at least October 2015; the previous compliance deadline was set for Oct. 1, 2014.

The federally mandated implementation of ICD-10 code sets, a requirement for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA), will involve medical providers and insurers replacing about 14,000 codes with 69,000 codes. 

The basic ICD-10 structure, used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures, was created by a select group of physicians under the sponsorship of the World Health Organization. Each physician specialty within the U.S. then supplied input on the subset of diagnosis codes required.

The American Health Information Management Association, which lobbied heavily in April to prevent another implementation delay, said in a written statement that it is happy with the new start date.

“We know that the industry has already invested considerable time and money in implementation,” the organization said in a press release. “We have long advocated for a coding system that offers flexibility and specificity, enables us to properly assess healthcare services, understand public health needs, and get the best rate of return from our national investment in EHRs and meaningful use.”

Other groups are not completely onboard with the new requirements.

The American Medical Association and the Medical Group Management Association are among multiple physician groups that lobbied for the initial delay. Both remain skeptical about the ICD-10 conversion, reported.

“We continue to harbor deep concerns about the burden this transition places on physicians, the complexity of ICD-10, the high risk of disruptions to Medicare claims and the industry's capability of converting to ICD-10 on a single date,” AMA President Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven said in a statement.

As it moves forward with the new deadline, CMS announced the cancelation of the July testing "due to the ICD-10 implementation delay,” but noted that "Additional opportunities for end-to-end testing will be available in 2015."

Category: Healthcare