CMS Announces ICD-10 Implementation Date
May 7, 2014 08:32 AM
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has officially announced that ICD-10 will be implemented on October 1, 2015. Additionally, CMS announced that the end-to-end testing scheduled for July has ben cancelled.
The announcement does not come as a surprise, since the legislation prohibited CMS from transitioning to ICD-10 prior to October 1, 2015. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice fully expected CMS to implement ICD-10 as soon as permitted by statute.
CMS has not commented on the implementation date for the OASIS C 1. However, now that CMS has announced the implementation date for the ICD-10, plans for the OASIS C1 should be forth coming.
On April 1, 2014, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) (Pub. L. No. 113-93) was enacted, which said that the Secretary may not adopt ICD-10 prior to October 1, 2015. Accordingly, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services expects to release an interim final rule in the near future that will include a new compliance date that would require the use of ICD-10 beginning October 1, 2015. The rule will also require HIPAA covered entities to continue to use ICD-9-CM through September 30, 2015.
July ICD-10 End-to-End Testing Canceled: Additional Testing Planned for 2015
CMS planned to conduct ICD-10 testing during the week of July 21 through 25, 2014, to give a sample group of providers the opportunity to participate in end-to-end testing with Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and the Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) contractor. The July testing has been canceled due to the ICD-10 implementation delay. Additional opportunities for end-to-end testing will be available in 2015.