Health Information Management

CMS reaffirms ICD-10 implementation date

APCs Insider, April 26, 2013

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October 1, 2014 is the ICD-10 implementation date and CMS is sticking to it. Denise Buenning, MsM, director of CMS’s administrative simplification group in the office of E-health standards and service, assured attendees at the AHIMA ICD-10-CM/PCS and CAC Summit April 24 that CMS has no plans to delay  implementation again.

“I have absolutely no reason to believe that the ICD-10 deadline will move again,” Buenning said.
 
That doesn’t mean every healthcare provider, payer, or clearinghouse will be ready October 1, 2014. Buenning said CMS is doing everything it can to ensure the agency will be ready.
 
Large practices and healthcare systems will likely be ready as well because they have the resources to devote to implementing the new code set. Buenning’s big worry is small practices that don’t have the resources and may not even be very aware of ICD-10’s potential impact.
 
CMS is considering a wide range of risk mitigation plans for organizations that aren’t ready. Those plans include everything except moving the date, Buenning said.



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