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February 2013 - CMS Rejects Request to Delay ICD-10 Implementation
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officials have issued a letter rejecting a request from organized medicine that they delay implementation of the ICD-10 coding system.
The new ICD-10 coding system will take effect as planned on Oct. 1, 2014. In a letter to American Medical Association President Jeremy Lazarus, MD, CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said, "..we believe that the one-year extension through September 30,2014, offers physicians adequate time to train their coders, complete system changeovers, and conduct testing." She said further delay "would fundamentally alter a policy the health care industry has been working since 2009 to implement. ICD-10 is not only the foundation for health care reform, but is a cornerstone of several integrated programs that build toward a modernized health care system and work in concert to achieve better care, better health, and lower costs."
See the entire letter here
January 2013 - CMS Revises ICD-10 Implementation Timelines
CMS has just released their revised ICD-10 implementation timelines. To see them click here.
September 2012 - New Implementation Date Announced!
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius announced the release of a rule that makes final a one-year proposed delay – from October 1, 2013 to Oct. 1, 2014 – in the compliance date for the industry’s transition to ICD-10 codes.
Final Rule 45 CFR Part 162 “Administrative Simplification” concerning adoption of a standard unique health plan identifier, addition to the NPI requirements, and the ICD-10 implementation date was published in the Federal Register on September 5, 2012.
Following is excerpted from the Federal Register, Vol. 77, No. 172:
“Compliance with Version 5010 and ICD-10 by all covered entities is essential to a smooth transition to the updated medical data code sets, as the failure of any one industry segment to achieve compliance would negatively affect all other industry segments and result in returned claims and provider payment delays. We believe the change in compliance date for ICD-10 gives covered health care providers and other covered entities more time to prepare and fully test their systems to ensure a smooth and coordinated transition by all covered entities.
According to a recent survey conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), up to one quarter of health care providers believe they will not be ready for an October 1, 2013 compliance date. While the survey found no significant differences among practice settings regarding the likelihood of achieving compliance before the deadline, based on recent industry feedback we believe that larger health care plans and providers generally are more prepared than smaller entities. The uncertainty about provider readiness is confirmed in another recent readiness survey in which nearly 50 percent of the 2,140 provider respondents did not know when they would complete their impact assessment of the iICD-10 transitions.
By delaying the compliance date of ICD-10 from Oct. 1, 2013 to October 1, 2014, we are allowing more time for covered entities to prepare for the transition to ICD-10 and to conduct thorough testing. By allowing more time to prepare, covered entities may be able to avoid costly obstacles that would otherwise emerge while in production.”
Complete Practice Resources urges providers to immediately begin an organized, measured approach for the ICD-10 transition. What is required is a phased approach whereby the first (and pre-requisite phase for all others) priority is to engage and educate providers and staff on new documentation elements required to meet the new ICD-10 code specificity. The transition to ICD-10 represents the most significant change to how providers conduct business in over 25 years. ICD-10’s impact cuts across the entire practice continuum. We strongly recommend providers begin this challenging transition now.
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