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ICD-10-CM: No Delay This Time

Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced there will be no delay to implementation for ICD-10-CM and PCS, which is scheduled October 1, 2014. She then encouraged everyone in the industry to work diligently toward a successful transition.
Tavenner made the statement at the annual Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference, a year after she announced a 90-day comment period to determine if and how long a delay would be. The comments at that time ranged from killing ICD-10 completely to making no change from the originally planned date of 2013. Ultimately, the implementation was postponed by a year. Many providers and payers are using the extra year to better prepare.

Several organizations hoped Tavenner might announce another postponement at the HIMSS gathering, and some still advocated shelving the code set, but it looks like implementation is a done deal.

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  1. Elizabeth Holzer says:

    Will AAPC require all members to become fully re-certified, once ICD-10 is in place?

  2. dblackmer says:

    Elizabeth – All certified members will need to pass an ICD-10 proficiency assessment to maintain their credentials. It will be online, open book, unproctored, and certified members will have two years to pass it. You can find out more about it on our Proficiency Assessment page.

  3. Jamie Brownell says:

    I received the MLN matters notice MM7492 that states for Medicare FFS Claims the start date is 10/1/2013.

  4. dblackmer says:

    Jamie – That notice was issued on Aug 19, 2011. A year later CMS released a final rule setting the implementation date as October 1, 2014. You can read about it in the Sep 5, 2012 Federal Register.

  5. d malan says:

    is there any movement towards paying incentives to retain coders thru ICD-10 transition? example- paying 10% salary increase or flat payment of $10K apind in increments til Oct 2104.
    Does anyone have a similar plan?

  6. Trupti patnaik says:

    After getting a CPC certification of ICD-9-CM is it necessary to have again ICD-10-CM certification?

  7. dblackmer says:

    To ensure employers continue to have confidence in a certified coder’s ability to accurately code the current code sets, AAPC certified members will have two years to pass a 75-question ICD-10 proficiency assessment. This will be online, unproctored, and open book. You can learn more about the assessment here.