Stay the Course

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced on April 9 a proposed rule that would establish a unique health plan identifier under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The proposed rule would implement several administrative simplification provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

An important part of the new proposed rule includes a proposed delay for ICD-10 implementation in the United States by one year – from Oct. 1, 2013, to Oct. 1, 2014. More information on the proposed rule is available on fact sheets (4/9/12). There is a 30-day comment period on the proposed new date.

In order to match the proposed implementation date change to Oct. 1, 2014, AAPC will be adjusting our ICD-10 timelines. For those members who hold an AAPC certification, the ICD-10-CM proficiency exam will be moved forward and offered from Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2015. AAPC will soon announce new dates for the release of ICD-10-CM code set training and will continue to offer implementation boot camps all across the country.

To help your providers prepare for the documentation challenges that they may face under ICD-10-CM, AAPC will offer Clinical Requirements for Providers in ICD-10-CM. This is a 3-hour online course that is taught by Dr. Joe Nichols. It is an interactive preparation tool that is broken down into 3 major sections: Documentation, Case Studies, and Most Commonly Coded Conditions with Documentation Strategy. The course will be offered by specialty and will help providers with clinical documentation improvement for a smooth transition into ICD-10-CM.

Keep watching for future updates from CMS and AAPC.


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