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.