Implementation of ICD-10 Delayed for One Year
April 7, 2014 03:38 PM
Last week Congress voted, and the President signed into law, a temporary fix to Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula (HR 4302) that includes a one-year delay to the ICD-10 compliance deadline. The ICD-10 implementation will not go into effect until October 1, 2015. Response to the news from the home care and hospice community has been mixed – with some in the industry expressing disappointment, while others are relieved.
Despite the mixed response to the news of a delay, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) strongly encourages providers and training partners to continue to prepare for the ICD -10 diagnosis coding transition with the same vigor as if the deadline was still October 1, 2014.
While there are some negative implications associated with the delay, the extra time should be viewed as an opportunity for home health and hospice providers to gain expertise in applying the ICD-10 codes - as well as thoroughly examining and preventing pitfalls related to the transition. Unfortunately, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has not released its plans regarding the delay, which includes plans for the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) C1.
NAHC has become increasingly aware of home health and hospice agencies that were nowhere near the readiness level they needed to be for an October 1, 2014 implementation date. Therefore, education sessions, dual coding efforts, communication with referral sources, and testing with vendors should proceed as planned.
NAHC will continue to make every effort to assist agencies in preparations and will keep agencies informed as we learn more.