The Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, signed into law this month by President Obama, delayed implementation of the ICD-10 code set until at least Oct. 1, 2015. Stakeholders had hoped to get a firm date for the new implementation when Buenning spoke Wednesday afternoon.
The delay was made public just hours before the bill passed the House in late March, and since then, CMS has seemingly lowered a cone of silence over the process.
The only public acknowledgement of the delay came Wednesday in a brief release on the CMS website which read: "With enactment of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, CMS is examining the implications of the ICD-10 provision and will provide guidance to providers and stakeholders soon. This provision in the statute reads as follows: "The Secretary of Health and Human Services may not, prior to October 1, 2015, adopt ICD-10 code sets as the standard for codes sets under section 1173 (c) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320d-2 (c)) and section 162.1002 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations."