BREAKING NEWS: HHS/CMS Announcement Confirms That October 1, 2015 Will Be ICD-10 Transition Deadline | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

BREAKING NEWS: HHS/CMS Announcement Confirms That October 1, 2015 Will Be ICD-10 Transition Deadline

July 31, 2014
by Mark Hagland
| Reprints
On Thursday, July 31, HHS announced that the finalized deadline for ICD-10 would be October 1, 2015

On the afternoon of Thursday, July 31, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a press release announcing the finalization of a rule making October 1, 2015 the deadline for clinicians, patient care organizations, health plans, and healthcare clearinghouses  to transition to the use of the ICD-10 (the tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases), coding system, from the current ICD-9 system. That date had widely been anticipated, since the U.S. Congress passed legislation back on March 31, which forced a delay of at least one year in the deadline, from October 1, 2014.

The July 31 HHS press release stated that “This deadline allows providers, insurance companies and others in the healthcare industry time to rmp up their operations to ensure their systems and business processes are ready to go on Oct. 1, 2015.”

In addition, the press release quoted Marilyn Tavenner, R.N., administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), as saying, “ICD-10 codes will provide better support for patient care, and improve disease management, quality measurement and analytics. For patients under the care of multiple providers, ICD-10 can help promote care coordination,” she said in a statement in the press release.

The press release offered additional information about ICD-10 here.

Get the latest information on ICD10 and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More

Topics

News

Dignity Health, CHI Merging to Form New Catholic Health System

Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), based in Englewood, Colorado, and San Francisco-based Dignity Health officially announced they are merging and have signed a definitive agreement to combine ministries and create a new, nonprofit Catholic health system.

HHS Announces Winning Solutions in Opioid Code-a-Thon

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hosted this week a first-of-its-kind two-day Code-a-Thon to use data and technology to develop new solutions to address the opioid epidemic.

In GAO Report, More Concern over VA VistA Modernization Project

A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report is calling into question the more than $1 billion that has been spent to modernize the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) health IT system.

Lawmakers Introduce Legislation Aimed at Improving Medicare ACO Program

U.S. Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT) and Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) have introduced H.R. 4580, the ACO Improvement Act of 2017 that makes changes to the Medicare accountable care organization (ACO) program.

Humana Develops Medication Management Tool

A new tool developed by Humana enables the company’s members to keep a list of their medications in one place.

Four Hospitals Piloting OurNotes Initiative in 2018

Beginning in January, four academic hospitals—Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, University of Washington in Seattle, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire and University of Colorado in Boulder—will begin piloting a new digital tool called OurNotes that enables patients to contribute to their clinical notes.