With less than nine months to go until implementation, uncertainty once again surrounds the ICD-10 program as opponents push for yet another delay in deploying the new code set.
Congress last spring postponed the Oct. 1, 2014, activation date by one year. The original deadline to comply with the system to replace the current ICD-9 coding set was October 2011. That deadline was subsequently extended to 2013, then again to October 2014.
Whether a third delay is in the cards remains to be seen. In December, the nation’s largest state medical society, the Texas Medical Association, urged its 48,000 members to write Congress requesting a two-year deferment.1 The group cited ICD-10’s cost of compliance and the potential for cash flow disruptions, as well as the combined burden of other mandated regulatory programs. The American Medical Association has long opposed the code transition.