The DHHS has announced that the final compliance date for ICD-10 will be on October 1, 2014 instead of October 1, 2013. To view the alert from CMS, please click here.
The switch to ICD-10 coding will have a significant impact to the medical industry, insurance carriers, as well as have an effect on MMSEA Section 111 Reporting. The switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 will be an adjustment for all affected, but hopefully will lead to better and clearer classification/coding of diseases. Additionally, the allowance of two more years before ICD-10 will be required should allow those affected ample time to make necessary changes and updates.
For more information about DHHS’ previous announcement of the delay to October 1, 2013, please see our February 20th blog post here. For more information about commentary that the DHHS received regarding the impact of ICD-10 implementation, please see our May 23rd blog posting here. It is likely that commentary received from the industry, as discussed in our May 23rd blog posting, urged CMS to push back the implementation date for another year to 2014.