HHS: ICD-10 Deadline Will Be Postponed

The Wall Street Journal  (2/17, Hobson) “Health Blog” reports that the Department of Health and Human Services has announced that it will postpone the deadline for ICD-10 implementation.

The Hill  (2/17, Pecquet) “Healthwatch” blog reports that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said, “We have heard from many in the provider community who have concerns about the administrative burdens they face in the years ahead.” Sebelius added, “We are committing to work with the provider community to reexamine the pace at which HHS and the nation implement these important improvements to our health care system.” The secretary “framed the delay as part of President Obama’s commitment to reducing regulatory burden.”

CQ  (2/17, Subscription Publication) reports, however, that “Sebelius didn’t say what the new compliance date would be, rather that HHS ‘will initiate a process to postpone the date by which certain health care entities have to comply with International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition diagnosis and procedure codes (ICD-10).'”

Modern Healthcare  (2/17, Blesch, Subscription Publication) points out that earlier this week, “acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner said that the CMS ‘would re-examine the time frame'” for ICD-10 implementation.

The NPR  (2/17, Hensley) “Shots” blog reports that “the American Medical Association, among others,” had “argued the regulatory burden imposed on doctors by ICD-10 is heavy and is inconsistent with President Obama’s executive order telling federal agencies to look for ways to reduce bureaucratic headaches.”

Modern Healthcare  (2/17, Robeznieks, Subscription Publication) also covers the story.