As expected, CMS is indicating in a rule issued on April 30 that the new deadline for ICD-10 will be Oct. 1, 2015.

The new ICD-10 deadline has not been officially announced, but was mentioned in a rule that said “The ICD-10-CM/PCS [procedure coding system] transition is scheduled to take place on October 1, 2015. After that date, we will collect nonelectronic health record-based quality measure data coded only in ICD-10-CM/PCS.” According to an article in Medical Economics, much of the rest of the nearly 1700-page rule concerns setting hospital and long-term inpatient care payment rates and rules for fiscal 2015.

Many experts expected that the ICD-10 deadline would be set for Oct. 1, 2015, and recommended that practices not stop their preparations but continue moving forward. We agree with that, and encourage you to review your planning to see if:

  1. There are additional items you can now include in your implementation plan that couldn’t be included due to time constraints.
  2. Additional training can be provided to insure physicians and staff are up to speed in time for the new deadline.

This will be the third deadline CMS has set for the transition to ICD-10, but hopefully it will be the last. We are planning accordingly, and advise our readers to do the same.

For more information on ICD-10 coding and structure, visit the ICD-10 section on our site.