ICD-10 deadline set at Oct. 1, 2014

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale

Friday's announcement that Oct. 1, 2014, is the final deadline for ICD-10 compliance was sort of a surprise.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seemed pretty decisive when it proposed the new deadline. And ICD-10 critics didn't generate any new arguments that seemed compelling enough to scuttle ICD-10 implementation.

But the politics of healthcare is scary. You never know what's going to come out of Washington in an election year.  I'm pretty impressed they made a decision before the election.

In the end, HHS confirmed the need to make ICD-10 implementation a reality while giving healthcare organizations enough time:

"Since that time, some provider groups have expressed strong concern about their ability to meet the October 1, 2013 compliance date and the serious claims payment issues that might ensue if they do not meet the date. Some providers’ concerns about being able to meet the ICD-10 compliance date are based, in part, on difficulties they had meeting the compliance deadline for the adopted Associated Standard Committee’s (ASC) X12 Version 5010 standards (Version 5010) for electronic health care transactions. Compliance with Version 5010 and ICD-10 by all covered entities is essential to a smooth transition to the updated medical data code sets, as the failure of any one industry segment to achieve compliance would negatively affect all other industry segments and result in returned claims and provider payment delays. We believe the change in the compliance date for ICD-10 gives covered health care providers and other covered entities more time to prepare and fully test their systems to ensure a smooth and coordinated transition by all covered entities."

You can

read the final rule

that is due to be  published Sept. 5 in the Federal Register.

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