The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seems to have set a soft date and a soft announcement of October 1, 2015, for the new ICD-10 compliance date.

In a proposed rule made available on April 30 that sets hospital and long-term care inpatient payment rates and rules for fiscal 2015, CMS includes a Request for Public Comments on ICD-10-CM/PCS Transition, which states: “The ICD-10-CM /PCS transition is scheduled to take place on October 1, 2015. After that date, we will collect nonelectronic health record-based quality measure data coded only in ICD-10-CM/PCS.”

Consequently, CMS asks for comment on how, “if at all, we should adjust performance scoring under the Hospital VBP Program to accommodate quality data coded under ICD-10-CM/PCS, or otherwise ensure fair and accurate comparisons under the Hospital VBP Program once the transition date has passed.”

The request for comment is on pages 648-650 of the proposed rule available for viewing here and being formally published on May 15. Because of formatting changes, the request for comments will be on different pages when formally published.

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