On Thursday afternoon advocates got their answer when CMS issued the following statement:
"On April 1, 2014, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) (Pub. L. No. 113-93) was enacted, which said that the Secretary may not adopt ICD-10 prior to October 1, 2015. Accordingly, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services expects to release an interim final rule in the near future that will include a new compliance date that would require the use of ICD-10 beginning October 1, 2015. The rule will also require HIPAA covered entities to continue to use ICD-9-CM through September 30, 2015."
The fickle action by Congress to stuff the delay into a larger bill with no advance warning, and the federal bureaucracy's unwillingness to communicate on a reset date prompted the Commission on Certification for Health Informatics and Information Management to announce that it would hold off on testing for ICD-10 accreditation until the new coding set is "officially implemented."
The new implementation date provides a target for providers, many of them were left in limbo after planning for the Oct. 1, 2014 startup, which had already been delayed by one year in 2013. Gordon Thomas says many providers have been restless with the delay.