HHS implementation of ICD-10 and several other rules issued last week could potentially be delayed, as the White House proceeds with a review of any new or pending regulations issued under the Bush administration.
A memorandum released by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has put a hold on all regulations that have either not been published or those that have not yet taken legal effect, a CMS spokesman said.
Although the CMS has yet to produce a list of the affected regulations, its likely that at least four recent rulemakings could be put on hold, including HHS final rule for transitioning to the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, the CMS spokesman said.
The final rule for implementing ICD-10 CM (Clinical Modification) and ICD-10 PCS (Procedure Coding System) was issued on Jan. 15. However, the rule itself doesnt become effective until March 17, which means the ICD-10 regulation would fall within this additional layer of review by the White House, said Don May, vice president for policy with the American Hospital Association. ICD-10s compliance deadline isnt scheduled to take effect until Oct. 1, 2013.