Government Health IT, June 18, 2013

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – Farzad Mostashari, MD, the national coordinator for healthcare IT, asserted today there would be no extension of the deadline for switching from the ICD-9 medical coding system to ICD-10. The deadline for conversion would remain Oct. 1, 2014, Mostashari said in a keynote delivered this morning at the HIMSS Media ICD-10 Forum in National Harbor, Md. "There are no plans for any more extensions," he told attendees, repeating it twice, for emphasis. The current extension, from Oct. 1, 2013 to Oct. 1, 2014 was partly due to looking at the incremental changes needed in reforming healthcare, and realizing that "sometimes, extensions are needed," Mostashari said.

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