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General Surgery Coding Alert


You Have More Time to Implement ICD-10, HHS Confirms

Without new date, press on with preparation for your general surgery practice.ICD-10 implementation won't be delayed beyond Oct. 1, 2013 -- so said CMS just three months ago. But what a difference a few months make. The Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Feb. 16 that the ICD-10 implementation date will indeed be postponed. The agency stated that it "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).""ICD-10 codes are important to many positive improvements in our health care system," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a statement. "We have heard from many in the provider community who have concerns about the administrative burdens they face in the years ahead," Sebelius said. "We are committing to work with the provider community to reexamine the pace at which HHS [...]

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