HHS Proposes 1-Year Delay to ICD-10
The ongoing saga to implement ICD-10 in the United States took a more definitive turn April 9 when HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced in a press release a proposed compliance date of Oct. 1, 2014.
The proposed ICD-10 extension is part of a proposed rule to establish a unique health plan identifier under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
From the release:
"The proposed rule also delays required compliance by one year– from Oct. 1, 2013, to Oct. 1, 2014– for new codes used to classify diseases and health problems. These codes, known as the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition diagnosis and procedure codes, or ICD-10, will include new procedures and diagnoses and improve the quality of information available for quality improvement and payment purposes.
"Many provider groups have expressed serious concerns about their ability to meet the Oct. 1, 2013, compliance date. The proposed change in the compliance date for ICD-10 would give providers and other covered entities more time to prepare and fully test their systems to ensure a smooth and coordinated transition to these new code sets."