On Monday, April 9, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced its proposal to delay the implementation compliance date for the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition (ICD-10) codes to October 1, 2014.
According to HHS, the proposed date change is in response to concerns expressed by many provider groups about their ability to meet the current ICD-10 compliance date of October 1, 2013. HHS believes the proposed date change will give providers and other stakeholders more time to prepare and ensure a smooth transition to the new code set.
The ICD-10 compliance date change is part of a proposed rule to implement several administrative simplification provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Confirmation of the date change is anticipated later this year when the final rule is published.
For more information, see the HHS Fact Sheet on the proposed date change or contact Neela Swanson, associate director of health care economics and coding, at [email protected].