Although the date of the next ICD-10 deadline was part of the delay announced earlier this year, it has officially been set as October 1, 2015 according to a proposed rule released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The text of the rule notes that this is the new date for compliance with both the Clinical Modification and Procedure Coding System of ICD-10. The ruling says that there will be a period for the organization to gather other forms of data.
"Even though we expect that the endorsement status of the measures we have adopted for the Hospital VBP Program will remain the same, we are concerned that the transition to a new coding system might have unintended consequences on quality measure data denominators, statistical adjustment coefficients, and measure rates," the authors of the ruling write.
The deadline may be official, but the CMS is still looking for feedback for obtaining the best results for the programs that are being initiated as part of it, including the new coding.
The new deadline has been the source of understandable concern, as Tom Sullivan writes for GovHealthIT. Not only does it raise budgeting issues for those who had previously been preparing for the original 2014 cutoff point, it has implications for the way sufficient testing might be undertaken, since there's less time for managers to plan.
Those practices that are attempting to negotiate the transition may be paying more because of the cost of staying current with both ICD-9 and ICD-10 within certain systems, as Sullivan noted.
This ruling may not lead to a necessary change in planning for your practice once comments have been received, but appropriate regulatory compliance consulting is crucial to following through with the expected procedures.