ICD-10-CM date proposed by CMS: October 1, 2011
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Friday a long-awaited proposed regulation that would replace the ICD-9-CM code sets now used to report health care diagnoses and procedures with greatly expanded ICD-10-CM (diagnosis) and ICD-10-PCS (hospital procedure) code sets, effective Oct. 1, 2011. In a separate proposed regulation, HHS has proposed adopting the updated X12 standard, Version 5010, and the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs standard, Version D.0, for electronic transactions, such as health care claims. Version 5010 is essential to use of the ICD-10 codes.
The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) lobbied successfully to delay implementation beyond its initial 2010 proposed date. AAPC believes, however, that the 2011 date will still create undue hardships in the industry, as it falls too soon on the heels of other significant regulatory changes that have burdened providers in recent years.
If you feel the implementation date should be pushed to a later time, submit your comments to CMS.
Submit Comments Electronically (due by 5p.m. eastern time on Oct. 21):
Submit Comments by Mail (due by 5p.m. eastern time on Oct. 21):
Send one original and two copies to:
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services,
Department of Health and Human Services,
P.O. Box 8016,
Baltimore, MD 21244-8016.
Note: Hand delivered or overnighted comments are also accepted. Instructions on these methods can be found at the Web site containing the proposal, listed above.