Two organizations recently submitted comment letters about HHS' proposal to delay the compliance deadline for transitioning to ICD-10 code sets, Healthcare IT News reports (Monegain , Healthcare IT News, 5/9).
U.S. health care organizations are working to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets to accommodate codes for new diseases and procedures. The switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets means that health care providers and insurers will have to change out about 14,000 codes for about 69,000 codes.
In April, HHS announced that it would delay the deadline for complying with ICD-10 standards by one year, to Oct. 1, 2014.
HHS said it decided to push back the compliance date partly in response to health care providers' concerns that they would not be able to meet the initial deadline (iHealthBeat, 4/10).
The American Health Information Management Association submitted comments urging HHS not to delay the ICD-10 compliance deadline (Monegain , Healthcare IT News, 5/9).
If a delay is unavoidable, AHIMA officials recommended that "such a delay be limited to the one year stated in the proposed rule to limit financial and information losses" (Goedert, Health Data Management, 5/9).
AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon said that the group "encourage[s] advance testing of the ICD-10 codes to be sure there are no further delays in the implementation deadline" (Monegain , Healthcare IT News, 5/9).
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives submitted its comments on Wednesday, stating that a one-year delay in the ICD-10 compliance deadline was an appropriate "middle ground" for stakeholders. The group said, "A longer delay would seriously disrupt ongoing efforts to convert to ICD-10."
In its comments, CHIME said that it supports HHS' efforts to ensure that all health care providers have the same compliance date.
The group also recommended that HHS move forward with its proposed compliance deadline for ICD-10 instead of jumping directly from ICD-9 to ICD-11, as some stakeholders have suggested (Monegain , Healthcare IT News, 5/9).