On July 31, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a rule setting Oct. 1, 2015, as the new compliance date for health care professionals, health plans, and health care clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10. HHS says the deadline gives physicians, insurance companies, and others in the health care industry time to ramp up their operations to ensure their systems and business processes are ready to go on Oct. 1, 2015.
"ICD-10 codes will provide better support for patient care and improve disease management, quality measurement, and analytics," Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), said in a press release. "For patients under the care of multiple providers, ICD-10 can help promote care coordination."
TMA continues to oppose ICD-10 implementation but is committed to helping physicians get ready for the new coding system. The U.S. Congress in March pushed the ICD-10 implementation deadline one year to Oct. 1, 2015, with passage of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act. This represented the third ICD-10 deadline extension.
The TMA House of Delegates adopted a resolution directing TMA to "work to permanently delay the implementation of ICD-10" at TexMed 2014 in May.
CMS plans to implement end-to-end testing in 2015 to help ensure physicians are ready for the ICD-10 transition. For additional information about ICD-10, visit the CMS website or the TMA website.
In addition, TMA encourages you to take the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) survey. As an advisor to HHS on HIPAA, WEDI has been conducting periodic surveys on the industry's readiness for ICD-10. The results of this survey will be reported to HHS and CMS, which has oversight of ICD-10 compliance. Use this link to provide your input on your readiness for ICD-10. Responses are due by Aug. 21.
Action, Aug. 15, 2014