Compliance Date Delayed.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced on February 16, 2012, that the HHS intends to delay the compliance date for ICD-10. The compliance deadline presently stands at October 1, 2013 (which is already a two-year delay from the original date outlined in the January 2009 final rule).
With no new declaration date, this new release suggests that HHS is paying very close attention to home care and hospice providers, medical billing companies, and others with a stake in the healthcare industry. Many healthcare providers have serious concerns about the administrative burdens that ICD-10 compliance may bring in the years ahead. The press release link is below.
HEALTHCAREfirst will provide more information as it becomes available.