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Transition to ICD-10 extended again to October 2015

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a rule last week finalizing Oct. 1, 2015, as the new compliance date for all health care professionals, health plans and health care clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases).

This new deadline extends the previous implementation date of Oct. 1, 2014, to allow health care professionals, insurance companies and others enough time to upgrade their operations and ensure their systems and processes are adequately prepared for the change, according to this press release from the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The 2014 deadline was extended as part of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (HR 4302), which freezes Medicare physician payments through March 2015 and averted the cut to physician payments of 24 percent that would have taken affect April 1.

“The extra time to prepare for the ICD-10 transition might be exactly what some smaller groups need to be successful. Use this time wisely and continue to prepare your teams,” Jen Cohrs, the Wisconsin Medical Society’s director of educational strategies, said.

As the countdown toward implementation restarts, Cohrs suggests practices continue to prepare by strengthening their clinical documentation programs and working with vendors to test transition readiness. Physicians, coders and other stakeholders should also continue with education and training in preparation for next year’s implementation. The Society has a number of resources available, including several specialty-specific webinars regarding ICD-10 on demand, to assist in these efforts.

Watch Medigram and Cohrs’ PractiSense blog for future updates, as well as additional ICD-10 education and training opportunities.

Click here for information about ICD-10 and to connect with the Society’s experienced ICD-10 trainers.

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