The International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition diagnosis and procedure codes, or ICD-10, will include codes for new procedures and diagnoses that improve the quality of information available for quality improvement and payment purposes.
The compliance date for use of the new ICD-10 codes has been delayed to October 1, 2015, according to P.L.113-93 signed on 4/1/14.
“Doc Fix” Passed Into Law Includes Excellence in Mental Health Act, Delay of ICD-10, and More. On April 1, 2014, President Obama signed into law (P.L.113-93) a temporary, 12-month “doc fix.” The action avoids a 24% reduction in payments to physicians who treat Medicare beneficiaries that had been set to take effect March 31. The law also includes four additional provisions of note. 1) The law includes a $900 million demonstration of the Excellence in Mental Health Act – a bill NAPHS has supported – in eight states for two years to establish federally qualified community behavioral health clinics that would be eligible to participate in the Medicaid program. 2) The law includes an Assisted Outpatient Treatment Demonstration program that will provide $15 million per year from 2015 through 2018. 3) Congress is delaying enforcement of Medicare’s “two-midnight rule” for an additional six months (through March 31, 2015) and prohibiting recovery audit contractors from auditing inpatient claims spanning less than two midnights for the six-month period. 4) The law also approved a one-year delay in implementation of ICD-10 (until October 1, 2015).
ICD-10 compliance deadline delayed to October 1, 2014. See HHS news release. [View]
HHS proposed rule: "Administrative Simplification: Adoption of a Standard for a Unique Health Plan Identifier; Addition to the National Provider Identifier Requirements; and a Change to Compliance Date for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Medical Data Code Sets" [View]