ICD-10 Delay

According to the American Health Care Association, last week the US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) told participants at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) ICD-10 Summit that Congress’ move to delay the ICD-10 transition until October 1, 2015 was a surprise to CMS, and that the delay had been difficult for the agency.  Prior to Congressional action when the short-term Sustainable Growth Rate patch passed with a provision delaying the implementation of ICD-10, CMS Administrator, Marilyn Tavenner, had gone on record stating that ICD-10 implementation would not be delayed beyond October 1, 2014.

The agency had planned for limited end-to-end testing in July 2014 with a select group of providers and others, and had initiated a provider outreach initiative focusing on small providers. Expecting an interim final rule in the near future, CMS will have to tell providers soon, exactly how the agency intends to proceed with the implementation of ICD-10.