Conversion to ICD-10 delayed at least one year

May 1, 2014

On April 1, 2014, President Barack Obama signed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, H.R. 4302. Among the many provisions in the 45-page bill is a delay in the conversion to ICD-10 by at least one year. Section 212 of the bill reads, ?The Secretary of Health and Human Services may not, prior to October 1, 2015, adopt ICD-10 code sets as the standard for code sets under section 1173(c) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320d?2(c)) and section 162.1002 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations.? IBC is awaiting further clarification from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the delay of the ICD-10 conversion. We have discontinued external testing activities and will reassess our resumption schedule toward the end of 2014. We will continue to ensure that our organization is fully compliant and ready for ICD-10 conversion when the new compliance date is confirmed. We will continue to provide information to our provider network as it becomes available. Please visit the CMS website for more about the delay.