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Healthcare News: CMS targets April for release of new ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation date

JustCoding News: Outpatient, March 21, 2012

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CMS expects to release a new ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation date sometime in April. That date will be the same for payers and providers.

CMS provided the update during a March 7 conference call with payers, according to Renee Washington, director of customer systems integration at MassHealth, who spoke during the March 9 Massachusetts Health Data Consortium ICD-10 Forum conference call.

CMS representatives also stated that it was likely looking at a one-year delay as opposed to a two-year delay, Washington said.

Renee Richard from the CMS Regional Office in Boston confirmed Washington’s information during the call and added that CMS is still considering what process it will use to finalize the new date. “They are really trying to determine the most appropriate, expeditious, and legal vehicle to affect this change. They are trying to work through that process … so they can put a stake in the ground and put out a date for the provider community.”

“The ICD-10 delay announcement is still being developed, and we cannot discuss specific topics while it’s in what we call ‘pre-decisional mode,’” according to a CMS press spokesman. “CMS has forwarded a recommendation on which there will be further discussion. We cannot confirm the statement about ‘April,’ but we do anticipate that it will be a matter of weeks, rather than months, before HHS makes the final announcement. CMS can confirm that a key part of discussions on the ICD-10 announcement is to identify ‘the most appropriate, expeditious, and legal vehicle to effect this change.’”

 



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