Partial Code Freeze for ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 Extended
The ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee of the National Committee for Vital Health Statistics (NCVHS) implemented a partial freeze of the ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 (ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS) codes prior to the implementation of ICD-10, which would end one year after the implementation of ICD-10. On April 1, 2014, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) (Pub. L. No. 113-93) was enacted, which restricted ICD-10 from being implemented prior to October 1, 2015.
HHS expects to release an interim final rule in the near future that will include a new compliance date that would require the use of ICD-10 beginning October 1, 2015. The rule will also require HIPAA covered entities to continue to use ICD-9-CM through September 30, 2015.
The partial code freeze will continue through October 1, 2015, the new planned implementation date. Regular updates to ICD-10 will begin on October 1, 2016, one year after the implementation of ICD-10.