HHS Proposes Adoption of ICD-10 Code Sets

On Friday, August 15, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) to replace the ICD-9-CM code set.

The announcement, issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, indicates that display copies of the anticipated NPRMs have been filed. The official NPRMs–one related to adoption of the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS classifications and the second related to upgrades of the HIPAA claims-related transactions–will be published in the Federal Register on Friday, August 22, 2008. Additional information will soon be available on the CMS Web pages.

The CMS announcement specifies an October 1, 2011, compliance date for the two sets of changes.  Comments on the proposed rules are due no later that October 21, 2008.

AHIMA will offer a free 90-minute Webinar on the NPRM on Tuesday, August 26, 2008. AHIMA staff will also publish an analysis of the proposed rule.

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