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HHS Finalizes ICD-10 Deadline Delay

Margaret Dick Tocknell, for HealthLeaders Media, August 27, 2012

The Department of Health and Human Services is making it official. It will delay for one year the implementation of ICD-10 code sets that classify medical diagnoses and procedures.

The final rule, announced Friday delays ICD-10 implementation to Oct. 1, 2014 from Oct. 1, 2013.

"We believe the change in the compliance date for ICD-10 gives covered healthcare 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," HHS said.

Providers have anxiously awaited confirmation of the delay, which HHS proposed in April. The American Hospital Association supported a one-year delay based on the time and effort already invested by hospitals in meeting the original 2013 deadline.

The American Medical Association had lobbied for a two-year delay until 2015 citing, among other concerns, the need for a cost/benefit analysis of the move to ICD-10.

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