The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule July 31 establishing Oct. 1, 2015 as the transition date to the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition (ICD-10) diagnosis and procedure codes. These codes are used by health care providers and plans for Medicare and other health care claims. The final rule also requires use of ICD-9 code sets through Sept. 30, 2015. The Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 delayed the implementation of ICD-10, previously set for Oct. 1, 2014, for at least one year but did not specify a new implementation date. In issuing the final rule, CMS chose the shortest delay allowable by the law and noted that implementing the shortest possible delay will pose the least risk to implementation momentum and efforts already put forth by stakeholders.
CMS previously announced its intentions to release this final rule in the End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System proposed rule, released in July. Please contact Xiaoyi Huang, JD, director of policy, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.585.0127, with questions.