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CMS: Use ICD-9 until Oct. 1, 2015

Organizations covered by HIPAA will be required to use ICD-9 until the new ICD-10 implementation date of Oct. 1, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said in an update.

HIPPA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, applies to health care providers, health plans and health care clearinghouses.

The one-paragraph statement said the decision is in response to the April 1 enactment of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, which prohibited the agency from adopting ICD-10 prior to that date. Before the bill passed, ICD-10 was set to go live Oct. 1, 2014.

CMS said it expects to release an interim rule soon including the new implementation date and requiring the continued use of ICD-9 until then.

In a letter to CMS dated April 11, a coalition of organizations from across the health care community said they had strongly opposed the implementation delay but, as it is now law, urged CMS to announce Oct. 1, 2015, as the new deadline as soon as possible. 

Heather Stauffer

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