It’s Official: Get ICD-10 Compliant for Oct. 1, 2014

In two years, you will be using the ICD-10 code set to report diagnoses to Medicare.

The final rule published in the Federal Register Sept. 5 sets the ICD-10-CM implementation date as Oct. 1, 2014. The rule ends months of speculation spawned when public comment was solicited by the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in April. The rule, which also sets dates for health plan and provider identifiers, emphasizes providers and payers must adopt the code set by the 2014 date, which is a one-year delay from the previous implementation date.

The rule explains the one-year postponement and allows providers and payers additional time to implement the new code set.

You can review the fact sheet on the CMS website.

To prepare you, AAPC outlines ICD-10 implementation, documentation, and code set training opportunities and assistance on its website.

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