I-10 Postponement Comments Due May 17

Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a proposed rule that would delay the compliance date for ICD-10 from Oct. 1, 2013 to Oct. 1, 2014. This proposed rule was posted to the Federal Register April 17, which started the stopwatch for the 30-day comment period. All comments are due to HHS no later than 5 p.m. eastern time May 17.

HHS said it believes the change in the compliance date for ICD-10, as proposed in this rule, will give providers and other covered entities more time to prepare and fully test their systems to ensure a smooth and coordinated transition among all industry segments.

Comments can be submitted in the following ways:

  • Electronically by following the ‘‘Submit a comment’’ instructions on the Regulations.gov website
  • By regular mail sent to:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Department of Health & Human Services
Attention: CMS–0040–P
P.O. Box 8013
Baltimore, MD 21244–8013

More information about the proposed rule can be found in the “One-Year Delay of ICD-10 Compliance Date” fact sheet, which outlines the background of the ICD-10 compliance date, and highlights provisions of the proposed rule and standards compliance date.

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3 Responses to “I-10 Postponement Comments Due May 17”

  1. Patricia Whissel says:

    As a new coder, and just preparing for certification, I can’t speak to whether the proposal to implement ICD-10 to October 13, 2014 is reasonable or not. However, I have spoken with coders who have worked with ICD-9 for a long time and are concerned about the change. I do know of some Coding department Directors who are scrambling to ensure their staff is up to speed on ICD-10 by Oct. 2013. I can understand HHS’s concern about having the new program fully functional by delaying it a year, but I also believe ICD-10 will be a much more efficient system and will greatly reduce denials and billing returns. I don’t know how long HHS has had to put this new system in place, but I am hopeful they will put their nose to the grindstone and be up and running by 2013. I feel it will be more efficient for all concerned.

  2. yusuf m. tai,md says:

    good move we are in right direction.We definately more time to implement.thanks.MYT.

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