Transitioning to ICD-10
Health plans and providers prepare to begin using a revised coding system to track diagnoses and procedures.
On October 1, 2014, all health plans, health data clearinghouses, and health care providers that transmit health information electronically were to be required to use a new, significantly broader, coding system, called ICD-10, for diagnoses and inpatient procedures.
However, on March 31, 2014, Congress passed legislation prohibiting implementation of the requirement for at least one additional year: not before October 1, 2015. President Barack Obama signed it into law on April 1, 2014. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has indicated that it intends to establish October 1, 2015, as the new ICD-10 implementation date.
The use of the ICD-10 coding system has the potential of improving the health care system, but its costs and complications have caused some to question whether the costs outweigh the benefits.