ICD-10 conversion date set for Oct. 1, 2015
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Tuesday, May 06, 2014 07:46 AM

The new ICD-10 start date is Oct. 1, 2015, according to a terse statement from the CMS.HHS “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 Oct. 1, 2015,” the CMS statement said. “The rule will also require HIPAA-covered entities to continue to use ICD-9-CM through Sept. 30, 2015.”

The previous compliance deadline had been Oct. 1, 2014, but that was shot down by Congress in a law signed by President Barack Obama on April 1 that ordered HHS to not set a ICD-10 compliance date any sooner than Oct. 1, 2015.

“A rapid crescendo of frustration and even anger beginning to appear (among) U.S. healthcare providers, especially physicians, that seems to be worsening with each pronouncement. It's past time that a clear and specific communication plan be laid out for all affected in American healthcare.”

Stanley Nachimson, principal with healthcare IT consultancy Nachimson Advisors and an ICD-10 expert, said the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, convened a meeting of representatives Tuesday from health plans, providers, health IT developers and the government to talk about a way forward on ICD-10. Simply plunking down a new deadline won't overcome resistance, Nachimson said. “We tried to engage with these folks who are against ICD-10 and change their minds or see what we could do to accommodate them,” he said. “I think there was a recognition that we have to change the way we do the ICD-10 implementation.”

Nachimson said he expects to see an interim final rule delivered by the CMS “sometime this month, and then it's going to open up the debate again.”

“The AMA has long considered ICD-10 to be an unfunded mandate that comes at a time when physicians are being asked to make a number of other significant changes to their practices,” said AMA President Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven, in a statement.

Source: ModernHealthcare.com