ICD-10 Final Rule Effective March 17

There won’t be a delay on the ICD-10 final rules, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The final rule for implementing ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS will go into effect March 17.

The policies in the final rule are considered to be officially adopted on that date. The regulations for the HIPAA electronic transaction standards—published the same day in a separate rule—will go into effect at the same time. The HIPAA transactions must be updated to accommodate the use of the ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS code sets. 

 Before becoming official, the rules had been subject to a regulatory review by the new presidential administration, as well as a 60-day hold for Congressional review required by HIPAA. The final rules were published January 16, 2009.

ICD-10-CM/PCS must be implemented by October 1, 2013; the HIPAA electronic transaction standards must be operational by January 2012 and January 2013.

For more on the preparation for the ICD-10 transition, visit AHIMA’s ICD-10 Web site for analysis, tools, training, education, resources, and information.

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