Thursday, February 27, 2014

No Extension for ICD-10 Implementation

Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator for the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services, announced today that there will be no extension of the October 1, compliance deadline for the nationwide conversion to the ICD-10 diagnostic and procedural codes. Speaking at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society convention in Orlando, Florida, Tavenner also explained that CMS was not changing compliance requirements for Stage 2 despite extensive pressure on the agency. 

Stage 2 of the electronic health record incentive payment program requires providers to electronically exchange healthcare records with each other to improve the interoperability of CMS' value-based payment programs. Eligible hospitals must commence 90 consecutive days of meeting the meaningful-use criteria on schedule. The starting date for most hospitals was October 1, 2013. However eligible professionals and physicians which operate on a fiscal year must begin compliance on April 1 or July 1, 2014. 

CMS will consider extensions on a case-by-case basis for providers and health IT vendors to obtain a "hardship exemption" that will extend the deadline for that facility. Tavenner does not expect the exemptions to delay full Stage 2 implementation by 2015. 

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