The final rule setting the ICD-10-CM implementation date as October 1, 2014, was released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this morning.
The rule, which will be published in the Federal Register September 5, ends months of speculation spawned when public comment was solicited by CMS in April. The rule – which also sets dates for health plan and provider identifiers – emphasizes providers and payors must adopt the code set by the 2014 date, which is a one-year delay from the previous implementation date.
The rule explains that the one-year postponement allows providers and payors additional time to implement the new code set.
Watch for another email next week in which AAPC will outline ICD-10 implementation, documentation, and code set training opportunities and assistance.