CMS administrator Marilyn Tavenner hinted at a delay in ICD-10 implementation when speaking to an AMA meeting on Tuesday, February 14, 2012. Rather vaguely, Tavenner said CMS would “reexamine the timing” of ICD-10 implementation. Two days later Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius removed all doubt when she stated that HHS “announces intent to delay ICD-10 compliance date.”
As you prepare for the ICD-10 changeover on October 1, 2014, what will you do with your paper superbill?
Rhonda Buckholz, vice president of ICD-10 training and education for the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), addressed the American Academy of Otolaryngology (AAO) last week during the Annual Meeting and Expo in San Francisco. Ms. Buckholz explained that the forthcoming change from ICD-9 to ICD-10 will have a substantial impact on the entire practice.
October 1, 2014 is the cut over day for practices to convert from the almost 30 year use of ICD-9 to ICD-10. While this conversion will obviously affect medical coders and billing staff, most of the marketplace is overlooking the impact this will have on the physician.