Health Information Management

New ICD-10 implementation date expected in April

ICD-10 Trainer, March 21, 2012

CMS plans to announce a new ICD-10 implementation date sometime in April, according to representatives of CMS and MassHealth, a public health insurance program for low and medium-income residents in Massachusetts.

Renee Washington, director of customer system integration at MassHealth, revealed the time frame for the much anticipated announcement during the Massachusetts Health Data Consortium’s March 9 conference call. Renee Richard from the CMS Regional Office in Boston confirmed this information during the call.

CMS has not decided which process it will use to announce the new date. When CMS first announced the potential ICD-10 implementation delay, the agency said it would use the rulemaking process to determine a new implementation date. However, one reason CMS is taking so long to release a new date is because the agency wants to use “the most appropriate, expeditious, and legal vehicle to effect this change,” said Richards.

Read more on the ICD-10 Trainer blog.

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