ICD-10 Deadline Delayed 1 Year Under HHS Proposal

Physicians would have until October 1, 2014-an extra year-to begin using a new and expanded set of diagnostic codes, called ICD-10 (International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th revision), under proposed regulations announced by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The American Medical Association (AMA) said the switch to the more voluminous and complex set of diagnostic codes could both cost medical practices tens of thousands of dollars apiece and interfere with their adoption of electronic health records and electronic prescribing.

In 2009, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ordered the change from the ICD-9 code set, which is now in use, to ICD-10, as part of implementing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

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