3 Years Away, ICD-10 Deadline Causing Worry

Physician organizations are working with CMS to ensure doctors have sufficient information to prepare for the new code sets.

By Chris Silva, amednews staff .

Washington --  The American Medical Association met last month with several other industry organizations and government agencies in an effort to ensure physicians are as ready as possible for the next mandated version of diagnostic codes. Doctors, hospitals and payers need to adopt an updated version of the International Classification of Diseases code sets, ICD-10, by Oct. 1, 2013. As a prerequisite to the ICD-10 move, entities by Jan. 1, 2012, need to adopt updated electronic transaction standards, known as 5010, under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. The original compliance dates were much sooner -- April 1, 2010, for HIPAA 5010 and Oct. 1, 2011, for ICD-10 -- but were moved back due to a regulation released last January by the Bush administration in its final days in office.   [...]

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