Do You Know Your ICD-10 Partial Code Freeze Dates?

Have You Heard? – January 28, 2015

In the wake of last week’s Congressional subcommittee hearings on fixing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, it seems that the subject of delaying ICD-10 didn’t come up. With the schedule unchanged for now, it would be a good time to review CMS’s schedule of dates regarding the partial code freeze for ICD-9-CM and ICD-10.

We certainly hear a great deal in the press about why we should delay or scuttle the transition to ICD-10. But do you hear much about why it’s a good thing to implement? Here’s a list of reasons from those who favor the transition:

  • Improved ability to measure health care services, including quality and safety data
  • Augmented sensitivity when refining grouping and reimbursement methodologies
  • Expanded ability to conduct public health surveillance
  • Decreased need to include supporting documentation with claims
  • Strengthened ability to distinguish advances in medicine and medical technology
  • Enhanced detail on socioeconomic, family relationships, ambulatory care conditions, problems related to lifestyle and the results of screening tests
  • Increased use of administrative data to evaluate medical processes and outcomes, to conduct biosurveillance and to support value-based purchasing initiatives

We’re not stating an opinion, just offering some food for thought. All of this seems to have a life of its own anyway.

List of ICD-9/ICD-10 partial code freeze dates from CMS

Not Again?! Possibility of Another ICD-10 Delay?

Have You Heard? – January 19, 2015

This Wednesday and Thursday, Congress is scheduled to hold hearings on fixing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, something that seems to be happening each year lately. This was the process that last year resulted in a delay to the ICD-10 implementation date.

Could it happen again? To learn more, read this article on the Health Data Management website:

SGR hearings could give rise to ICD-10 delay