On April 17, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a proposed rule to delay the compliance date for the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition, diagnosis and procedure codes (ICD-10) from Oct. 1, 2013, to Oct. 1, 2014.2
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Per HHS, the ICD-10 compliance date change is part of a proposed rule that would adopt a standard for a unique health plan identifier (HPID), adopt a data element that would serve as an “other entity” identifier (OEID), and add a National Provider Identifier (NPI) requirement. The proposed rule was developed by the Office of E-Health Standards and Services (OESS) as part of its ongoing role, delegated by HHS, to establish standards for electronic healthcare transactions under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
HHS proposes that covered entities must be in compliance with ICD-10 by Oct. 1, 2014.