ICD-10 Update

In early August, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the long-awaited final rule, Administrative Simplification: Change to the Compliance Date for the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10-CMS and ICD-10-PCS) Medical Data Code Sets, stating that the compliance date for the health care profession’s transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 is October 1, 2015.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the deadline will allow providers, insurance companies and others in the health care profession time to ramp up their operations to ensure their systems and business processes are ready to go on October 1, 2015. Last May, CMS issued an interim final rule that set the new ICD-10 compliance date for October 1, 2015; however, this new and final HHS rule officially finalizes the compliance date as October 1, 2015.

To ensure that providers are ready, CMS has stepped up its ICD-10 education. However, many of these training tools do not apply specifically to long term care providers. To obtain a copy of the CMS resources click here or CMS’ Medicare Learning Network, and click on MLN Catalogue at the bottom of the page; then search for ICD-10 in that document.

The American Health Care Association  (AHCA) has reached out to CMS but at the current date, the agency has no plans to schedule training specific to long term care providers. AHCA is working with various experts to plan its own training in the future.