ICD-10 Delay Frees Physicians to Focus on Other Practice Needs

March 19, 2012 – In The News
American Medical News

The Department of Health and Human Services recently delayed the compliance deadline for ICD-10 diagnosis code sets that was scheduled for October 1, 2013. The delay should allow physicians some extra time to prepare for the conversion from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets.

Todd Rodriguez, a partner and co-chair of the firm’s Health Law Practice, recently spoke with American Medical News to discuss the delayed conversion. According to Rodriguez, physicians should discuss the upcoming conversion from ICD-9 to ICD-10 with their vendors sooner rather than later. Rodriguez suggested that practices should not wait until the last minute to train and test the new ICD-10 codes with vendors because the vendors’ systems will likely be backlogged in the weeks leading up to the compliance deadline.

A new date for the compliance deadline for ICD-10 code sets has not been set yet.

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