HHS Delays ICD-10 Coding Switch Due To Provider Complaints

Law360, New York (February 15, 2012, 9:28 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that it would delay implementation of the new ICD-10 coding system, two weeks after the American Medical Association told the department that the October 2013 deadline was unfairly burdensome.

ICD-10, or International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, is an updated version of the current system, ICD-9, and contains five times as many codes — 68,000, compared to ICD-9's 13,500. HHS says the new codes will provide much more specific patient data, leading to better care, and...
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