CMS formalizes Oct. 1, 2015, deadline for ICD-10

Friday, August 1, 2014

WASHINGTON – Providers, health plans and healthcare clearinghouses have until Oct. 1, 2015, to transition to ICD-10, according to a final rule published July 31 by the Department of Health and Human Services. Earlier this year, Congress delayed implementation of the new code set for one year as part of its “doc fix” bill. “ICD-10 codes will provide better support for patient care and improve disease management, quality measurement and analytics,” said Marilyn Tavenner, CMS administrator. “For patients under the care of multiple providers, ICD-10 can help promote care coordination.” CMS says the newest code captures more information than its predecessor, so doctors can better understand the details of a patient’s health.