CMS: No further delays in ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will maintain their commitment to the current ICD-10-CM/PCS compliance date of October 1, 2014, according to a letter sent to AHIMA President Kathleen A. Frawley, JD, MS, RHIA, FAHIMA. The letter was sent in response to AHIMA’s call for CMS to stand firm on its ICD-10 implementation date after more than 80 physician groups represented by the American Medical Association called on CMS in January to delay or abandon the ICD-10 conversion. CMS’ Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner formally declined the request in a letter sent February 6, stating a halt of implementation “would be costly, burdensome, and would eliminate the impending benefits” of ICD-10, according to an American Academy of Family Physicians blog post. Read more at the Journal of AHIMA website.