CMS Poised to Announce ICD-10 Implementation Date

John Commins, April 24, 2014

A two-day summit organized by the American Health Information Management Association has ended, and ICD-10 stakeholders say they are still waiting to hear from federal officials on a firm implementation date.

A federal official involved in the ICD-10 launch couldn't give a room full of stakeholders a firm date on for the new implementation of the medical code set, but suggested on Wednesday that an announcement is imminent.

Denise Buenning, acting deputy director with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Office of e-Health Standards and Services reportedly told attendees at a two-day ICD-10 summit held in Washington, DC, that a firm date for the implementation would be forthcoming.

Feds Stonewall ICD-10 Summit

"She said they are working on getting the word out and that the regulatory language is being drafted," said Lynne Thomas Gordon, CEO of the American Health Information Management Association, which organized the summit. "[Buenning] kept checking her cell phone to see if she would be able to make some sort of announcement but she wasn't able to. My guess is its going to be Oct. 1, 2015. That's when everything switches over for CMS."

John Commins

John Commins is a senior editor at HealthLeaders Media.

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