HHS Will Postpone ICD-10 Compliance Date

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WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will initiate a process to postpone the date by which certain healthcare entities have to comply with the ICD-10 codes, according to HHS Secretary Kathleen G. Sebelius.

The final rule adopting ICD-10 as a standard was published in January 2009 and set a compliance date of Oct. 1, 2013—a delay of two years from the compliance date initially specified in the 2008 proposed rule.

HHS said it will announce a new compliance date moving forward.

"ICD-10 codes are important to many positive improvements in our health care system," said Sebelius. "We have heard from many in the provider community who have concerns about the administrative burdens they face in the years ahead. We are committing to work with the provider community to reexamine the pace at which HHS and the nation implement these important improvements to our healthcare system."

Entities covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) will be required to use the ICD-10 diagnostic and procedure codes.

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