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ICD-10 Deadline Review Update

Andrea Kraynak, for HealthLeaders Media, February 15, 2012

That said, providers have had plenty of advance notice, Spryszak noted. CMS announced the conversion to ICD-10 in January of 2009, giving them nearly five years to plan.

The American Hospital Association (AHA) supports the transition to ICD-10, but welcomes reevaluation of the deadline.

"The AHA appreciates CMS' willingness to reconsider the timeline for ICD 10 implementation," Chantal Worzala, director of policy for AHA, told HCPro. "The AHA is supportive of the move to ICD-10 because it brings benefits for better clinical documentation, logical incorporation of codes for new technologies, and greater specificity to support accurate payment. However, changes in the environment that have occurred since ICD-10 was mandated for October 2013, including meaningful use, are putting significant pressures on hospitals. Implementing ICD-10 on schedule requires that the transition to 5010 go smoothly. It also requires that all parties be ready. We are closely tracking readiness of vendors and providers to implement ICD-10."

Tavenner indicated CMS plans to formally announce plans for new regulations in the coming days, according to an article by The Hill. Tavenner recognizes the concern that providers are balancing many different initiatives. "So we're trying to listen to that and be responsive," she said, per the article.

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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.