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CMS Requests Comments on Burdens Of ICD-10 Readiness Assessment

by Published On: Aug 10, 2012

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a notice requesting comments on the information collection burdens associated with an industry assessment of ICD-10 readiness that will be published in the Aug. 10 Federal Register, and comments are due by Oct. 9.

The findings from the ICD-10 industry readiness assessment will be used by CMS to understand each sector's progress toward compliance and to determine what communication and educational are needed to best help affected entities obtain the tools and resources they need to achieve timely compliance with ICD-10.

The information from the readiness assessment will be used for education and outreach efforts, and it will not affect policy decisions. CMS said the annual readiness assessment will involve 1,200 industry participants, both for-profit and not-for-profit, and will take 204 hours to complete.

The International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) is intended to be used for classifying health care diagnoses and procedures and entails moving from the 13,000 codes of ICD-9 to roughly 68,000 codes. 

The expanded code set will allow for the inclusion of new conditions and treatments as well as more granular data.CMS had issued on April 9th a proposed rule that would move the compliance date for the ICD-10 code set from Oct. 1, 2013, to Oct. 1, 2014 (68 HCDR, 4/10/12).


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