On April 9, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a proposed rule that would delay the compliance date for the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition diagnosis and procedure codes (ICD-10) from October 1, 2013 to October 1, 2014.
The ICD-10 codes had been adopted in 2009 by HHS as HIPAA standards to replace previously adopted classifications in an effort to improve accuracy in reimbursement for medical services and fraud detection and to allow for greater specificity in diagnosis-related groups and preventive services.
Some providers expressed concern about being able to meet the earlier deadline due to the complexity involved in implementation. Because of these concerns, HHS is now proposing the extended deadline of 2014 to allow for providers to better transition to the new codes.
A deadline for comments has not been set, but they will be due within 30 days after the proposed rule's publication in the Federal Register.