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General Surgery Coding Alert

Reader Question:
Check Out This ICD-10 Deadline Change

Question: I've heard that the ICD-10 implementation delay is for one year, but I can't find any official statement to that effect. Has CMS announced the new date?Georgia SubscriberAnswer: Yes, CMS has made an official announcement that delays required ICD-10 compliance by one year -- from Oct. 1, 2013, to Oct. 1, 2014. Although CMS announced a delay before stating the new implementation date, unofficial hints were available when the March 5, 2012 ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee meeting agenda stated that the implementation would be Oct. 1, 2014. Now CMS has made it official with an April 9 announcement of a proposed administrative simplification rule for publication in the Federal Register. You can view the announcement at www.cms.gov/apps/media/fact_sheets.asp.