Last week, on April 1st, President Obama signed HR 4302, “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014” into law. This bill included a provision that will delay the implementation of ICD-10 until no earlier than October 1, 2015.
This delay was unexpected and has spawned a lot of rumors, speculation, and questions. Will CMS allow states that are ready to convert this year be allowed to go ahead on a voluntary basis? Will the new implementation date by October 1, 2015 or will CMS push it out later? Will we skip ICD-10 altogether and implement ICD-11 in 2017? These are all great questions and we hope that CMS will be able to provide guidance soon. They have publicly addressed other aspects of the bill, but have remained silent thus far on the portion related to ICD-10.
Harmony is proud to say that we are ahead of schedule to have the required changes available for the original October 1, 2014 deadline. We will continue to monitor events and when CMS issues concrete guidance, we will re-evaluate, adjust our schedules, and share that information with you. Read more about the bill here: http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/icd-10-delayed-doc-pay-patched-again