HHS Issues Final Rule Regarding ICD-10 Compliance Date.

Date posted: September 3, 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a final rule, which confirmed October 1, 2015 as the compliance date for health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses to transition to the tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10).  The ICD-10 codes will enable doctors to capture more information and better understand details regarding the patient’s health.  The ICD-10 codes will also provide researchers and public health officials a method to better track diseases and health outcomes.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has implemented testing to help ensure providers are ready, including end-to-end testing in 2015.  The compliance date of October 1, 2015 will allow providers time to ensure their systems and business processes are ready.


The change to the compliance date for ICD-10 final rule is available at:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-04/pdf/2014-18347.pdf.

The CMS press release is available at:

http://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Press-releases/2014-Press-releases-items/2014-07-31.html.

Administrative Simplification: Change to the Compliance Date for the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS) Medical Data Code Sets; Final Rule, 79 Fed. Reg. 149 45129 (Aug. 4, 2014).

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  “Deadline for ICD-10 Allows Health Care Industry Ample Time to Prepare for Change.”  Press Release.  31 Jul. 2014.

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