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New ICD-10 date coming soon

HIM-HIPAA Insider, April 28, 2014

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The AHIMA ICD-10 and CAC Summit ended April 23 without a new ICD-10 implementation date, but according to Denise Buenning, MsM, acting deputy director for CMS’ Office of E-Health Standards and Services, we should not have long to wait.


CMS was as surprised as everyone else that Congress acted to delay ICD-10 implementation. After the delay, CMS administrators “sliced and diced” the legislation and engaged in robust discussions, Buenning said.

CMS officials consulted with the Office of General Counsel and the Office of Legislation while crafting the policy with the new implementation date. CMS and HHS will work to get the word out as quickly as possible on the new date, according to Buenning.

The most recent delay is not a killer for ICD-10, she added. It provides an additional year to perform end-to-end testing. CMS is currently scheduled to perform limited end-to-end testing in July, but that date may change. Buenning said the delay should also give CMS a more robust group of providers to test with because more providers will be ready to test.

If anything, the latest delay “eliminates the excuses to not transition to ICD-10,” Buenning said.

This article originally appeared on
HCPro’s ICD-10 Trainer blog.



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