April 10, 2012
On April 9, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a proposed rule that creates an identifier under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 that would implement administrative simplification provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
The proposed rule creates a delay for the required compliance by one year, making the new date October 1, 2014, for new codes that are used to classify diseases and health issues. The purpose of the new codes, called the International Classification of Diseases, 10thEdition diagnosis and procedure codes, or ICD-10, are to create new descriptions of diagnoses and procedures that will improve information available for payment purposes and quality improvement.
It is hoped the delay will give providers enough time to test and transition to the ICD-10 codes. For more information, please click here for CMS fact sheets.