Lack of Firm Date for ICD-10 not Raising Concerns
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Wednesday, September 03, 2014 12:04 PM

Now that there is a firm date for the transition to the new ICD-10 coding system -- and it's little more than a year away -- you'd think practices would be rushing to get ready, but that doesn't seem to be the case.  The new ICD-10 coding system was originally set to take effect this October, but was then pushed back at least a year in a bill -- the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (H.R. 4302) -- which was signed into law in April.

However, the bill didn't specify an exact date for the switch -- saying only that the Department of Health and Human Services "may not, prior to Oct. 1, 2015, adopt ICD-10 code sets," meaning that it could be later than that date. This left  providers in limbo, without a definite date for a switch.  Then, on July 31, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Oct. 1, 2015, was the definitive date for the change.

Physicians have been pushing back on their practices' efforts to get ready, saying, "Why should I invest because they're moving the date every year."  The vendors don't want to invest much either, thinking the date may never stick. It's a terrible situation.