HHS announces intent to delay ICD-10 compliance date

News Release

February 16, 2012

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HHS announces intent to delay ICD-10 compliance date

As part of President Obama's commitment to reducing regulatory burden,
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen G. Sebelius today announced
that HHS will initiate a process to postpone the date by which certain
health care entities have to comply with International Classification of
Diseases, 10th Edition diagnosis and procedure codes (ICD-10).

The final rule adopting ICD-10 as a standard was published in January
2009 and set a compliance date of October 1, 2013 - a delay of two years
from the compliance date initially specified in the 2008 proposed rule.
HHS will announce a new compliance date moving forward.

"ICD-10 codes are important to many positive improvements in our health
care system," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "We have heard from
many in the provider community who have concerns about the
administrative burdens they face in the years ahead. We are committing
to work with the provider community to reexamine the pace at which HHS
and the nation implement these important improvements to our health care

ICD-10 codes provide more robust and specific data that will help
improve patient care and enable the exchange of our health care data
with that of the rest of the world that has long been using ICD-10.
Entities covered under the Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) will be required to use the ICD-10
diagnostic and procedure codes.



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  • edited May 2016
    I have also heard rumblings that the United States should wait until ICD 11=
    . Is there truth to that?

  • Dan Rode at AHIMA told us yesterday that we definitely shouldn't wait until ICD-11 for a number of reasons. I asked CMS as well, but their spokesperson wouldn't comment on in any way on that topic.

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