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CMS Sets October 1, 2015 as New ICD-10 Deadline

Statement from the Coalition for ICD-10:

The Coalition for ICD-10 applauds the announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services of the new compliance date for health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10.

Members of the Coalition were very disappointed by the most recent delay of ICD-10 adoption
– it has been disruptive and costly for health care delivery innovation, payment reform, public health, and health care spending.  We greatly appreciate the agency’s step to put the transition to ICD-10 back on track.

In an age of targeted and specialized medicine, we need a modern and comprehensive coding system.  ICD-10 provides a much better representation of current and future medical diagnoses and procedures than is possible with the 30-year old ICD-9 system.  It gives us higher quality information for measuring service quality, outcomes, safety, and efficiency – and will expand the capacity of public and private payers to keep pace with changes in medical practice and healthcare delivery.

The majority of the health care community – hospitals, health plans, coding experts, vendors, and the medical device community – have made significant investments in and are anxious for the ICD-10 transition.  We look forward to working closely with the agency to ensure for a smooth and successful transition on October 1, 2015.

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