Without much fanfare, the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that use of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision (ICD 10) will begin on October 1, 2015—the soonest possible date allowed in a law passed by Congress earlier this year.
The news came by way of an acknowledgment in the CMS rule on inpatient and long-term hospital payments released earlier this week. In the Request for Public Comments on ICD-10-CM/PCS Transition, CMS writes that “The ICD-10-CM/PCS transition is scheduled to take place on October 1, 2015. After that date, we will collect nonelectronic health record-based quality measure data coded only in ICD-10-CM/PCS.”
CMS will be issuing an interim final rule that will establish the October 2015 implementation date in the near future. The rule will also require HIPAA-covered entities to continue to use ICD-9-CM through September 30, 2015. CMS also announced that it is cancelling the end-to-end testing program scheduled for July 2014, and will engage in a new testing program next year.
Originally, the US Department of Health and Human Services set an October 1, 2013, date for implementation of ICD-10 for all HIPAA-covered entities. In spring of 2012, HHS announced that it was moving that date back 1 year, to October 2014. Early this year, Congress included language delaying ICD-10 implementation until some point after October 1, 2015, in Medicare-related legislation that also prevented implementation of the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR).
APTA's ICD-10 webpage has resources to help physical therapists understand the transition to the new code set.
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