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

Patient Access Weekly Advisor, March 21, 2012

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.”
 
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on the JustCoding.com website.

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