Acknowledging that an interim final rule is in the works, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is inching toward definitively and officially establishing October 1, 2015, as the new ICD-10 implementation deadline.  

In response to a query from Health Data Management, a CMS spokesperson provided an update on the agency's current thinking and planned approach to addressing the legally mandated one-year delay in the code switchover: “On April 1, 2014, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) (Pub. L. No. 113-93) was enacted, which said that the Secretary may not adopt ICD-10 prior to October 1, 2015. Accordingly, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 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.”

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