ICD-10 Implementation Pushed Back to 2015 (no, this is not an April Fool’s Day joke)
ICD-10 has been delayed—another year. A recent bill was approved on March 31 to push back the ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation date until October 1, 2015. The bill still has to be signed by the President, but it will most likely go into effect. This gives us another year to learn and master the ICD-10 code set!
AHIMA and AAPC are currently deciding on what actions to take, but we suspect they may stick with ICD-9 certification for another year—time will tell. We are currently working on a program to train ICD-10 coders on the ICD-9-CM code set, especially since it will now be around a bit longer. This will be beneficial for students who are currently learning or already know ICD-10 and need to learn the I-9 code set for certification and/or employment within the next year.
For more information from AHIMA visit http://journal.ahima.org/2014/03/31/senate-votes-on-icd-10-delay-bill/. This delay is estimated to cost the industry an additional one to six billion dollars on top of costs already incurred from the last year’s delay (it has been pushed back twice before). According to this article an estimated 25,000 students will be affected—but AAPC reminds us to keep calm, and code on!