The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a rule on July 31, 2014 finalizing October 1, 2015 as the new compliance date for health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10, the tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases. This deadline allows providers, insurance companies and others in the health care industry time to ramp up their operations to ensure their systems and business processes are ready to go on October 1, 2015.
The ICD-10 compliance date had been previously delayed on September 5, 2012 when the deadline was extended from October 1, 2013 to October 1, 2014. On April 1, 2014, H.R.4302 / Public Law 113-93, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 was signed into law stating that HHS could not adopt ICD-10 until at least October 1, 2015. On July 31, 2014, HHS published a final rule extending the compliance date to October 1, 2015.
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