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ICD-10 Deadline Review Update

Andrea Kraynak, for HealthLeaders Media, February 15, 2012

Big news regarding the ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation timeline came Tuesday morning during the American Medical Association (AMA) National Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC.

Per CMS acting administrator Marilyn Tavenner, CMS plans to revisit the current implementation deadline of October 1, 2013. Tavenner said CMS wants to reexamine the pace of implementing ICD-10 and reduce physicians' administrative burden, according to an AMA tweet.

CMS told HCPro that it expects to release additional information shortly.

"Since the AMA announced its intention to try and delay the implementation of ICD-10, this news does not come as a total surprise," said Lynne Spryszak, RN, CCDS, CPC-A, clinical documentation improvement (CDI) education director for HCPro, Inc., in Danvers, MA. "Providers are expected to comply with meaningful use, transition their practices to the 5010, and implement EHRs in their office. When you consider that providers are also facing a decrease in their reimbursement rates it is no wonder that they feel that their backs are against the wall."

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2 comments on "ICD-10 Deadline Review Update"


Suzy Chapman (2/18/2012 at 5:54 AM)
http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/could-us-skip-icd-10-and-leapfrog-directly-icd-11 Tom Sullivan reports, above, that Chris Chute (Chair, ICD-11 Revision Steering Group) is now talking about the possibility of shifting the projected completion of ICD-11 from 2015 to 2016. The implementation date for ICD-11 has already been shifted from 2012 to 2014 to 2015+.

Suzy Chapman (2/16/2012 at 8:22 AM)
"Meanwhile, as Kennedy explained, the rest of the world is already using ICD-10 and will likely transition to ICD-11 soon, while the United States is still using ICD-9." Just to clarify, ICD-11, WHO's revision of ICD-10, is still at the Alpha drafting stage; a Beta drafting platform for which stakeholder interaction and input will be invited is timelined for release this year (May 2012). If ICD Revision can meet the Beta schedule, there then follows a 2yr period for ICD-11 Field Trials. The final version for public viewing is currently timelined for 2014 with implementation from 2015+. For comparison of current schedules: DSM-5 slated for publication in May 2013 ICD-10-CM scheduled for adoption in October 2013 ICD-11 scheduled for implementation in 2015+ So unless transition to ICD-10-CM were to be significantly delayed, there would be no overlap between the US's ICD-9-CM and the WHO's ICD-11.