Breaking News from the ICD-10 Front!
In the just-published CMS proposed rule for the 2015 IPPS, page 1065 states: “ICD-10 will officially be implemented on October 1, 2015.” Several other times throughout the rule, the same statement of ICD-10 implementation was recorded.
“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.” http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/index.html
On April 9, 2012 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a proposed rule to delay by one year the compliance date for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS, making the new compliance deadline October 1, 2014.
Over the next 30 days the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will accept and evaluate comments on the proposed deadline. A final rule will likely not be available until summer of 2012 or later.
Please review the attached proposed rule for more information regarding the delay.
Elsevier will continue to publish the ICD-9-CM official code set, ICD-10-CM Draft, and ICD-10-PCS Draft to ensure the needs of all users are met during this transition. We will also continue to provide dual coding for Buck: Step-by-Step and Next Step products, and will offer Certification Step products that reflect the testing plans for the credentialing organizations for educators and professionals seeking certification.