The CMS will not begin enforcing the mandated move to Version 5010 transaction standards for an additional three months, until after June 30.
The deadline for the switch to the 5010 standards was Jan. 1. In November, the CMS announced that although it was not changing the actual deadline for complying with the standards, it would not initiate enforcement action until March 31.
On Thursday, the CMS' Office of E-Health Standards and Services said no action will be taken against noncompliant medical practices, hospitals and other healthcare entities through June 30. The agency's e-mailed announcement stated that the industry is making "steady progress" in the conversion, and it noted that the Medicare Fee-for-Service program was successfully processing 70% of Medicare Part A claims and more than 90% of Part B claims in the 5010 format. Also, according to the announcement, commercial plans have been reporting "similar numbers;" state Medicaid agencies are "showing progress," and that 98% compliance is expected before the July 1 enforcement start date.