CMS Official: HHS Will Make Release Plan for ICD-10 Delay Shortly

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CMS is developing plans for dealing with the ICD-10 delay, and HHS will make an announcement regarding the plan soon, a CMS official told attendees at the American Health Information Management Association ICD-10 Summit yesterday, according to an ICD-10 Monitor report.

Denise Buenning, deputy director of the CMS Office of E-Health Standards, told attendees CMS has had internal conversations about the delay and is working on a response, which will be presented to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, according to the report. She said HHS will "be making an announcement shortly."

She also said the delay came as a surprise to CMS but that the revised timeframe won't be an ICD-10 "killer." Under the Protection Access to Medicare Act of 2014, which President Barack Obama signed into law earlier this month, the switch to ICD-10 has been pushed back until at least Oct. 1, 2015. The delay has been met with frustration from hospital leaders and other stakeholders who must re-evaluate their ICD-10 implementation efforts. A notice posted on CMS' website last week said official guidance is coming "soon."

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