CMS Hints at ICD-10 Implementation Date

CMS LogoBREAKING NEWS: CMS Hints at ICD-10 Implementation Date

The transition date for ICD-10-CM/PCS was stated in last night’s release of the 2015 IPPS Proposed Rule. In three separate instances, CMS references October 1, 2015 as the new implementation date for ICD-10-CM/PCS. 

Page 648 “…ICD-10-CM/PCS Transition”
“The ICD-10-CM/PCS transition is scheduled to take place on October 1, 2015. After that date, we will collect non-electronic health record-based quality measure data coded only in ICD-10-CM/PCS.”

Page 1065
“ICD-10 will officially be implemented on October 1, 2015”

Page 1074
“ICD-10-CM/PCS will officially be implemented on October 1, 2015”

NOTE: AAPC will have further updates as they become available.

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No Responses to “CMS Hints at ICD-10 Implementation Date”

  1. John Q Public says:

    Breaking News: ICD-10 will NEVER…repeat NEVER be implemented !!

  2. Lacy Donovan says:

    Agreed, John Q., all of the hype is simply driving more entities to teach something that will never be implemented.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    It is just another example of the United States falling behind. Our clinical data so outdated and pretty much useless. Canada ICD-10 is not even a printed document. Coders do not have pay such outrageous prices for manuals. We have so far to go just to catch up, let alone be in a leadership position. Epic fail on behalf of big government.

  4. Tisha Retsif says:

    Why do we have to follow the other countries? Aren’t we our own country?
    Why not Implement the metric system and make Spanish the official language? P

  5. Donna B says:

    CMS is constantly extending implementation deadlines for everything. This, unfortunately, is simply par for the course. Regardless of the coding changes, provider documentation specificity requirements are still going to be the largest hurdle. ICD 10 in 2015 or 2020 doesn’t really matter.
    It’s going to be a long road to change provider mindset.

  6. Joan says:

    ICD 10 is just another tiny step for one world gov’t. We don’t have to do what other countries are doing. And they’ve been threatening ICD-10 since I was certified about 20 years ago. I’ll believe it when I see it.

  7. Sharon says:

    I agree with Joan, ICD-10 is just another step to make us one world order. We should not be like the other countries. We need to stand apart and keep our ways of doing coding and billing for the American people. I pray this will not happen.