ICD-10 Implementation Delayed
The federal government has postponed the implementation of ICD-10 codes in all billing activities pursuant to the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, House Resolution 4302, Section 212, Delay in Transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 Code Sets:
“The Secretary of Health and Human Services may not, prior to October 1, 2015, adopt ICD-10 code sets as the standard for code sets under section 1173(c) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320d–2(c)) and section 162.1002 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations.”
The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is awaiting direction from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and is evaluating the potential impact of this change. DHCS will work with providers and submitters to adjust ICD-10 implementation according to the new ruling.
Providers and submitters are encouraged to check the ICD-10 page of the Medi-Cal website frequently for updated information regarding ICD-10 postponement.