"October 1, 2014…" is how we began a recent blog discussing the deadline for healthcare organizations to begin utilizing ICD-10 codes. Although ICD-10 codes have been used internationally since the early 90's, the United States has remained with ICD-9s and would be unlikely to change if not for The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). And with recent headlines, it’s now possible the deadline may change again!
October 1, 2015...is the new potential deadline, delaying the ICD-10 implementation an entire year. In the back of our minds, we all knew the possibility existed that the date may get extended, but how many times have we recently heard the date is firm and won't be changed? In a recent post in Modern Health, Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator for CMS and Keynote Speaker at a HIMSS conference said “There are no more delays and the system will go live on Oct. 1”
This week’s controversy over whether the delay is positive or negative may not matter as March 31, 2014 is the date announced by the Senate to vote on the bill. If the bill passes, ICD-10s will be delayed again, forcing all affected to determine the impact and begin implementing a plan to bridge yet another one-year gap!