ICD-10 Implementation Date Postponed

Just three months ago, CMS representatives firmly told medical practices that the ICD-10 implementation date would not be pushed back beyond October 1, 2013 – but that has changed.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on February 16 that the ICD-10 implementation date will indeed be postponed.  The agency stated that it “will initiate a process to postpone the date by which certain health care entities have to comply with ICD-10 procedure codes.” 

HHS nor CMS has announced just how much of a delay will take place, but doctors are pleased that they will benefit from some additional time to implement the new diagnosis coding system. 

No revised deadline given.