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CMS Makes ICD-10 Announcement

Published:  May 2nd, 2014

On May 1, 2014, CMS released the following statement regarding ICD-10:

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.

On the evening of April 30th, the release of the 2015 Inpatient Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule included three separate references to the implementation of ICD-10: 

  1. "The ICD-10-CM/PCS transition is scheduled to take place on October 1, 2015. After that date, we will collect non-electronic health record-based quality measure data coded only in ICD-10-CM/PCS." - page 648
     
  2. "ICD-10 will officially be implemented on October 1, 2015." - page 1065
     
  3. "ICD-10-CM/PCS will officially be implemented on October 1, 2015." - page 1074

Today, May 2, 2014, CMS released the following statement:

July ICD-10 End-to-End Testing Canceled: Additional Testing Planned for 2015 CMS planned to conduct ICD-10 testing during the week of July 21 through 25, 2014, to give a sample group of providers the opportunity to participate in end-to-end testing with Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and the Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) contractor. The July testing has been canceled due to the ICD-10 implementation delay. Additional opportunities for end-to-end testing will be available in 2015.

We will continue to monitor this issue, however, CMS is continuing on the path of ICD-10 implementation and we expect that additional announcements will be made. Therefore, be sure to take advantage of this window of opportunity to prepare your practice for an ICD-10 implementation on October 1, 2015.

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