On May 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
(CMS) released a brief statement regarding its plans for implementation of
ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision) after the
Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 delayed the October 1, 2014,
transition date to no earlier than October 1, 2015.
In its e-mail
announcement, the agency confirmed that it "expects to release an interim final
rule in the near future that will include a new compliance date that would
require the use of ICD-10 beginning October 1, 2015. The rule will also require
HIPAA covered entities to continue to use ICD-9-CM through September 30,
ASHA will continue to monitor progress towards implementation and
will provide updates as CMS finalizes its transition plans.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
(HIPAA) requires ICD-10 to be used for health services billing and record
keeping. However, on April 1, 2014, President Obama signed into law the
Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, which included a provision that
delayed the October 1, 2014, implementation of ICD-10. This is not the first
time that implementation of ICD-10 has been delayed due to Congressional
Once implemented, ICD-10-CM (Clinical Modification) will replace
ICD-9-CM (9th Revision, Clinical Modification) as the official system of
assigning codes to diagnoses and procedures in the United States. The ICD-9-CM
is 30 years old, has outdated and obsolete terminology, and produces limited
data. ICD-10-CM will allow for more codes and greater specificity and better
data tracking of incidence and prevalence of disease.
ASHA had developed extensive
resources to assist audiologists and speech-language pathologists with the
transition to ICD-10, including an ICD-9 to ICD-10 mapping tool and
discipline-specific ICD-10-CM code lists.
For questions regarding the
transition, please contact [email protected].