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Healthcare news: HHS finalizes one-year delay in ICD-10 implementation

JustCoding News: Inpatient, August 29, 2012

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HHS will delay implementation of ICD-10 by one year, from October 1, 2013, to October 1, 2014. HHS announced the delay as part of the Administrative Simplification: Adoption of a Standard for a Unique Health Plan Identifier; Addition to the National Provider Identifier Requirements; and a Change to the Compliance Date for the International Classification of Diseases, 10thEdition (ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS) Medical Data Code Sets final rule released August 24.

“I am thrilled it was not postponed past October 1, 2014,” says Shannon McCall, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CCDS, Director of HIM and Coding for HCPro, Inc, in Danvers, Mass. “I think the sooner we can adopt this more robust classification system the closer we will be to enhancing the data capture of coded information in the U.S. I am cautiously optimistic that there will be not be further debate over this revised implementation date. I hope organizations did not lose momentum in the recent period of limbo but if anyone did we just got the green light to surge onward and upward! “
HHS originally proposed a one-year delay (from October 1, 2013, to October 1, 2014) for ICD-10 implementation April 9. The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register April 17. HHS received a large number of comments on the proposed delay.
A display copy of the final rule is available online. It is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register September 5.

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