DHHS final rule on ICD-10 delay ready for publication

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale

The final rule for the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) mandated delay is almost published.

You can read the Administrative Simplifications: Change to the Compliance Date for the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision ICD-10-CM and ICD 10 PCS Medical Data Code Sets in the Federal Register. You can read it in PDF form now. Official publication date is Monday, Oct. 4.

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) needed 27 pages to delay ICD-10 implementation one year. It's summarized as:

"This final rule implements section 212 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 by changing the compliance date for the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) for diagnosis coding, including the Official ICD-10-CM Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, and the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS) for inpatient hospital procedure coding, including the Official ICD-10-PCS Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, from October 1, 2014 to October 1, 2015. It also requires the continued use of the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision, Clinical Modification, Volumes 1 and 2 (diagnoses), and 3 (procedures) (ICD-9-CM), including the Official ICD-9-CM Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, through September 30, 2015. "

No surprises so far. Which should be a relief. The timing isn't really conducive to any cleverness.