HHS sets Oct. 1, 2015 deadline for ICD-10 implementation
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a rule finalizing Oct. 1, 2015 as the new compliance date for healthcare providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10. The deadline was delayed to allow providers, insurance companies, and other stakeholders additional time to implement ICD-10, which restructures the diagnosis classification system with a significant increase in the number of codes, expanded code lengths, and narrative descriptions, allowing for greater granularity. Dermatology alone is moving from 9,000+ ICD-9 codes to more than 22,000 codes in ICD-10. For additional information about ICD-10, visit http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/index.html.
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