Corporate Compliance

Note from the Instructor: ICD-10 Delay

Medicare Insider, April 24, 2012

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Editor's Note: Kimberly Hoy, Esq., director of Medicare and compliance for HCPro, Inc., is the author of this week's note from the instructor.

This week CMS published a proposed date for the delay of ICD-10 implementation. They are proposing to delay from October 1, 2013 to October 1, 2014.  This is only a proposed rule and arguably the delay could be even longer if sufficient comments were submitted to convince CMS of the need for a longer delay. The timeframe is unlikely to shorten, however, because of the inpatient coding and payment systems, which are run on an annual cycle beginning in October of each year.

The delay of ICD-10 implementation has been somewhat controversial with provider groups. The delay was announced as part of another administrative simplification proposed rule related to unique identifiers for health plans. Recall that the implementation of ICD-10 is a part of the administrative simplification rules that specify which code sets are used for healthcare transactions.

Continue reading Kimberly's note at the Medicare Mentor Blog



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