CMS Won't Budge on ICD-10 Deadline for 2014

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As many provider groups continue to call for another ICD-10 delay, or to abandon ICD-10 altogether, CMS has said the current deadline of Oct. 1, 2014 will stay intact, according to a letter (pdf) sent to AHIMA, a Chicago-based trade organization representing health information management professionals.

CMS said the one-year extension to 2014, which was finalized last year, should give physicians and other providers enough time to train coders, conduct testing and finalize a complete system turnaround. CMS also said it believes payors, hospitals, health systems and large physician practices "are far along in their ICD-10 implementation."

In related news, CMS also released ICD-10 implementation timelines and checklists for small hospitals, physician practices of all sizes and payors. CMS recommends small hospitals start internal ICD-10 testing by April, and external testing with payors and vendors should begin in October.

To view all recommended ICD-10 timelines and checklists, click here.

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