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ICD-10 proposed delay open for comment

By Kyle Murphy, PhD

- The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is reminding everyone that the comment period for the proposed rule delaying the deadline for ICD-10 compliance is now open. Comments can be submitted online at www.regulations.gov. Those wishing to make comments have until 5PM EDT on May 17, 2012 to have their feedback heard.

HHS and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) believe that a one-year delay will allow health care organizations sufficient time to transition to the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition (ICD-10), for diagnosis (ICD-10-CM and procedure (ICD-10-PCS) codes.

The proposed rule was put together by the Office of E-Health Standards and Services (OESS), which is responsible for determining standards for electronic health care transactions under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

The proposed rule is available through the Federal Register. CMS has provided a widget explaining ICD-10 and Associated Standard Committee’s (ASC) X12 Version 5010 standards (Version 5010).

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The 30-Day Comment Period is Now Open for the HHS Proposed Rule to Delay ICD-10

Last week, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a proposed rule that would delay the compliance date for ICD-10 from October 1, 2013 to October 1, 2014. This proposed rule has now been posted to the Federal Register, which marks the beginning of the 30-day comment period, with all comments due to HHS no later than 5:00 pm ET on May 17, 2012.

HHS believes the change in the compliance date for ICD-10, as proposed in this rule, will give providers and other covered entities more time to prepare and fully test their systems to ensure a smooth and coordinated transition among all industry segments.

The 30-day comment period for this rule is an important way to provide feedback to HHS about the proposed ICD-10 compliance date change. You can submit comments in the following ways:

1. Electronically by following the ‘‘Submit a comment’’ instructions on the Regulations.gov website

2. By regular mail sent to:

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Department of Health and Human Services
Attention: CMS–0040–P
P.O. Box 8013
Baltimore, MD 21244–8013

More information about the proposed rule can be found in the One-Year Delay of ICD-10 Compliance Date fact sheet, which outlines the background of the ICD-10 compliance date, and highlights provisions of the proposed rule and standards compliance date.



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