It’s no longer a mere possibility; HHS has confirmed its intent to delay the ICD-10 compliance deadline, as announced in HHS’s February 16th press release:
As part of President Obama’s commitment to reducing regulatory burden, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen G. Sebelius today announced that HHS will initiate a process to postpone the date by which certain health care entities have to comply with International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition diagnosis and procedure codes (ICD-10): “We have heard from many in the provider community who have concerns about the administrative burdens they face in the years ahead,” Secretary Sebelius said in the press release. “We are committing to work with the provider community to reexamine the pace at which HHS and the nation implement these important improvements to our healthcare system.”
The American Medical Association (AMA) supports the delay. “The timing of the ICD-10 transition could not be worse for physicians as they are spending significant financial and administrative resources implementing electronic health records in their practices and trying to comply with multiple quality and health information technology programs that include penalties for noncompliance,” Peter W. Carmel, M.D., president of the AMA, said in a February 16 press release.
Though the new deadline remains unclear, CMS previously confirmed CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner’s statement that the agency will use the rulemaking process when revisiting the ICD-10 implementation timeline. The rulemaking process can be lengthy, so it may well be awhile before a firm date is established.
adapted from http://blogs.hcpro.com/medicarefind/2012/02/hhs-confirms-icd-10-delay-what-does-it-mean-for-you/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+medicarementor+%28MedicareMentor%29, and HHS Press Release (http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2012pres/02/20120216a.html)