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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a rule today finalizing Oct. 1, 2015 as the new compliance date for health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10, the tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases. This deadline allows providers, insurance companies and others in the health care industry time to ramp up their operations to ensure their systems and business processes are ready to go on Oct. 1, 2015.
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The Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 states that the Secretary may not adopt ICD-10 prior to October 1, 2015. As a result, the new compliance date for ICD-10 is October 1, 2015. In addition, the end-to-end testing scheduled for July has been canceled. Additional opportunities will be available in 2015.
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Despite the recent congressional delay in the required transition to ICD-10, hospitals should continue to work toward readiness. The Oklahoma Hospital Association is offering a two-day workshop on ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding in Oklahoma City on May 19-20.
May 7-9, 2014 Attendees: Deborah Hale, CCS, CCDS, President and Jeff Clark, LPC, Director of Operations
Plans for ICD-10 readiness, documentation gap analysis, coder education and dual coding should not be delayed. These activities are also proving to have benefits under ICD-9 as well, and are therefore “win-win” for ICD-9 and ICD-10.
On Monday, the Senate voted 64-35 to pass a House-approved measure (HR 4302) that would delay a scheduled 24% cut to Medicare physician reimbursement rates and push the ICD-10 compliance deadline to 2015, Modern Healthcare reports (Hollander, Modern Healthcare, 3/31). The bill now goes to President Obama, who is expected to sign it before the scheduled cuts take effect on Tuesday (Lowery, "Post Politics," Washington Post, 3/31).
The US House of Representatives has passed a bill that would delay the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS for one year. A similar bill in the Senate is expected to be voted on soon. AHIMA has called on proponents of ICD-10 to contact their senators and ask that they not delay ICD-10.
A new bill has been quietly introduced into the US House and Senate that features a section calling for the delay of ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation until 2015. This bill is expected to go to the House floor today, Thursday, March 27 for a vote.
“The deadline for implementing the ICD-10 diagnostic coding set, which had already been delayed one year to October 1, 2014, will not be delayed again. " Marilyn Tavenner
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