In legislation signed by President Barack Obama on April 1, Congress banned implementation of ICD-10 before Oct. 1, 2015. The more stringent and voluminous sets of diagnostic and procedural codes previously had been mandated by the feds to be implemented this Oct. 1.
In a two-page letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, the Coalition for ICD-10 noted that the law does not establish a firm ICD-10 implementation date, “which makes planning and investment decisions for ICD-10 preparation nearly impossible.”
Coalition member organizations “have already expended an enormous amount of time, effort and resources in preparing for the transition to ICD-10 in accordance with the original timeline given by HHS,” according to the statement. It noted that using CMS' own 2012 estimate, the cost to the healthcare industry of a year's delay could be as much as $6.6 billion.