Tuesday February 21, 2012
As part of President Obama's commitment to reducing regulatory
burden, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen G. Sebelius
announced that HHS will initiate a process to postpone the date by
which certain health care entities have to comply with
International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition
diagnosis and procedure codes (ICD-10).
The final rule adopting ICD-10 as a standard was published in
January 2009 and set a compliance date of October 1, 2013 - a delay
of two years from the compliance date initially specified in the
2008 proposed rule. HHS will announce a new compliance date
"ICD-10 codes are important to many positive improvements in our
health care system," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
"We have heard from many in the provider community who have
concerns about the administrative burdens they face in the years
ahead. We are committing to work with the provider community
to reexamine the pace at which HHS and the nation implement these
important improvements to our health care system."
ICD-10 codes provide more robust and specific data that will
help improve patient care and enable the exchange of our health
care data with that of the rest of the world that has long been
using ICD-10. Entities covered under the Health Insurance
Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) will be required
to use the ICD-10 diagnostic and procedure codes.
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