ICD-10 Delayed Until 2015

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Will ICD-10 be Delayed until October 1, 2015?Well, Maybe…Congress Votes Today for the Delay

So, we have all been busy getting ready to implement ICD-10 in our medical practices this October. Just this week, I upgraded our software to handle the new CMS-1500 insurance paper claim forms that allow for the new ICD-10 codes. I and my team have read books, taken classes and listened to webinars on the subject and will be certified in ICD-10 coding.

But wait. Hold the presses!

There is a new bill that has been introduced in Congress that includes a section calling for the delay of ICD-10 until October 1, 2015. That’s a delay of one full year!

The bill was negotiated by top-level leadership in the House and Senate.  There is expected to be no debate on the bill before it comes up to a vote today, March 27th.

The clause in the bill concerning the implementation of ICD-10 states:

The Secretary of Health and Human Services may not, prior to October 1, 2015, adopt ICD-10 code sets as the standard for code sets under section 1173(c) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320d-2(c)) and section 14 162.1002 of title 45, Code of the Federal Regulations.

I’m not sure if I am relieved that we may have another year, or concerned that I am going to forget everything I know about ICD-10.

What’s that old adage, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.”

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What are your thoughts? Delay it, or get it over with? Leave me a note below in the comment section.

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5 Responses to “ICD-10 Delayed Until 2015”

  1. I-10 NEEDS TO BE DELAY IF NOT COMPLETELY CANCELLED. It is a costly expense that is not needed. With EHR expense, Obamacare and I-10 is just to much for practices, large or small. The only benefit is the income organizations such as AHIMA, AAPC and 3M will make in training etc. The I-10 coding system does not provide better health care, it only provides better documentation and better statistics. A waste of time for physicians. Expense for existing coders to learn the new system that AHIMA and AAPC charge to update their skills.

  2. Hey Manny, I think it would be detrimental to further delay ICD10 Implementation. Physicians/NPPS/Facilities/Plans/Coders/Billers etc., have had years to get ready.

    Yes, there may be some non profits and small/rural providers who are still unprepared, but that doesn’t mean a delay should occur. The powers driving this delay have been nickle and fimimg incremental delays each time we are ready with the same excuses.

    What about 2013? The same story. I would almost bet the farm thatbif the Senate passes this and Obamacdoesn’t veto it…..come 2015, one year from now, the same argument will be occurring., from the same sources who are driving the current delay.

    To me its like the old story of the Grasshopper and The Ant- Winter comes every year, so one must prepare for those potentially lean times.
    ICD 10 was delayed for a year in 2013 and CMS conceded to it. Now here we are again and the same stallers are trying to villify CMS …..when they hadvplentynofvtime to fill their coffers for any potentially lean times during the transition.

    I am a coder and a consultant and I have to be prepared for whatever peaks and valleys occur in business, ICD 10 is no different. The rest of the free world has been using it for more than two decades, don’t you think we should catch up to them in healthcare, as the leader of the same free world?

    • Holly thank you for your thoughts. Unfortunately I know to many medical practices that are not non profits or small/rural providers that are not ready or don’t even know if ICD-10 will affect them. But that is why we are here to help them. We will be ready to go this October.

      As far as catching up with the rest of the world, I like measuring distance in yards and miles, liquids in ounces an gallons and weight in pounds and tons.


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