April 2012

ICD-10 Work Continues After Proposed Delay in Compliance Date

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has proposed a delay in the implementation deadline for ICD-10 by one year, to October 2014. ICD-10 stands for the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems – the medical classification list used for coding of injuries, diseases, symptoms and more – which is maintained by the World Health Organization. All HIPAA-covered entities must make the change to ICD-10 by the implementation deadline.

CHI’s ICD-10 Steering Committee recommended that all preparation work and eduction continue as planned, at least until the new compliance date is finalized. CHI’s ICD-10 preparation work includes interviews that will gather input from 800 employees and physicians, with final recommendations for implementation to be presented to CHI leaders in May. Education and training for health information management coders and clinical documentation improvement teams will be an essential part of CHI’s preparation for the change to ICD-10.