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ICD-10 Remains High Priority Despite Delay
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David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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5/1/2014 | 5:09:37 PM
New ICD-10 date officially Oct. 1, 2015
Just received this brief statement from CMS, clarifying the new target date after Congress delayed the implemention of ICD-10 diagnosis codes for at least a year.

On April 1, 2014, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) (Pub. L. No. 113-93) was enacted, which said that the Secretary may not adopt ICD-10 prior to October 1, 2015. Accordingly, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services expects to release an interim final rule in the near future that will include a new compliance date that would require the use of ICD-10 beginning October 1, 2015. The rule will also require HIPAA covered entities to continue to use ICD-9-CM through September 30, 2015.


This lays to rest speculation that the date might be pushed out even farther than a year from the original 2014 date (or that there would be some more radical resolution, like skipping ICD-10 and waiting for ICD-11).
David F. Carr
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4/28/2014 | 10:47:07 AM
Hitting the brakes on ICD-10?
After I filed this story, I heard back from another healthcare IT contact who agreed with the premise that it makes sense to steam ahead with ICD-10 work except that one of the execs responsible for budgeting the work was pushing to cut back.

Clarification from CMS would still be helpful in understanding how much of a priority this deserves.
Alison_Diana
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4/25/2014 | 11:07:33 AM
Dodged a Bullet
Some healthcare organizations dodged a bullet when ICD-10 was delayed (again). Procrastinators and those overwhelmed by the volume and cost of mandates breathed a sigh of relief, but anyone who relaxes during this respite is foolish. There is going to be little excuse for any organization to be ill-prepared for ICD-10 if its 2015 isn't changed. Organizations should create their own internal deadline, one that's earlier than the government-imposed date, and aim for that. Next year brings its own set of deadlines and challenges. Why not wrap up ICD-10 by the close of 2014 and be done with it?!


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