During its annual meeting last week, the American Medical Association's House of Delegates voted to lobby lawmakers and CMS for a two-year grace period to avoid complying with the ICD-10 transition deadline in October 2014.
U.S. health care organizations are working to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets to accommodate codes for new diseases and procedures. The switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets means that health care providers and insurers will have to change out about 14,000 codes for about 69,000 codes.
In August 2012, HHS released a final rule that officially delayed the ICD-10 compliance date until Oct. 1, 2014.
Last week, National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari emphasized that there will not be an additional extension of the ICD-10 compliance deadline. However, AMA will continue its efforts to delay the ICD-10 code sets, HIT Consultant Media reports.
During the AMA's proposed two-year flexibility period:
- Payers would not be allowed to deny reimbursements to providers because of ICD-10 coding errors; and
- Payers would have to provide feedback on denied claims (Pennic, HIT Consultant Media, 6/21).
Tactics and tips on how to prepare for ICD-10
Stop spinning your wheels, and refocus your ICD-10 preparations.
Senior ICD-10 expert Ed Hock advises on some of the most efficient, seemingly counterintuitive ways to prepare for the upcoming transition.