The final rule setting the ICD-10-CM implementation date as October 1, 2014 was released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this morning.
The rule, which will be published in the Federal Register Sept. 5, ends months of speculation spawned when public comment was solicited by CMS in April. The rule, which also sets dates for health plan and provider identifiers, emphasizes providers and payers must adopt the code set by the 2014 date, which is a one-year delay from the previous implementation date.
The rule explains the one-year postponement and allows providers and payers additional time to implement the new code set.
Watch for an email next week in which AAPC will outline ICD-10 implementation, documentation, and code set training opportunities and assistance.