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CMS Sets New Date For ICD-10 Implementation

In Uncategorized on August 24, 2012 at 7:27 pm

The medical community can breathe a short sigh of relief, after having been granted a 1-year reprieve from ICD-10 implementation.  HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced this morning a final rule establishing a one-year delay – from Oct. 1, 2013, to Oct. 1, 2014- in the compliance date for use of the ICD-10 Coding system, thereby allowing providers and payers additional time to implement the new code set.   The rule is one of a series of changes intended to cut red tape in the health care system.

In making the announcement, Sebelius said, “These new standards are a part of our efforts to help providers and health plans spend less time filling out paperwork and more time seeing their patients.”

In addition to announcing the new ICD-10 deadline, the rule would also establish a mechanism for assigning a unique health plan identifier (HPID) for all health plans in the United States. 

Currently, when a health care provider bills a health plan, that plan may use a wide range of different identifiers that do not have a standard format.  It is hoped that the adoption and use of Health Plan IDs will allow for a higher level of automation for health care provider offices, particularly for provider processing of billing and insurance related tasks, eligibility responses from health plans, and remittance advice that describes health care claim payments.

A preview of the final rule (200+ pages) is available for inspection.  The actual final rule should be published in the Federal Register September 5th.