By Sparkle Sparks, PT, MPT, COS-C
AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM Coding Instructor
Senior Associate Consultant, OASIS Answers, Inc.
As previously hinted, the Department of Health and Human Services today announced a proposed rule which would delay the implementation of ICD-10 from October 1, 2013 to October 1, 2014. In keeping with CMS's message that "it's closer than it seems" OAI will continue to offer our "Prep for ICD-10" workshop to provide a preview of the new codeset and allow coders to become familiar with the similarities & differences of ICD-10. In 2014 we will offer both beginning & intermediate workshops to teach coders how to assign these new codes. This educational strategy is in alignment with the World Health Organization's observation that as each country readied itself for this monumental transition the more prep work that went into this process the smoother the transition. In several transmittals CMS has warned that training for the actual assignment of these codes should not occur until "six to nine months prior to the implementation of the new codeset."
Click here to read the official announcement posted on CMS' website.