Thursday, March 12, 2009

Final rule for ICD-10-CM survives Obama administration review

HHS' final rule mandating ICD-10-CM has passed muster with the Obama administration. The rules will proceed unaltered, and thus the final compliance date for ICD-10-CM is Oct 1, 2013.

Hospitals, physicians, clinical laboratories, health plans, the federal government itself, state governments, nursing homes, and more will all now spend an estimated $1 billion to upgrade from a bad disease coding system to a slightly less bad, but unnecessarily more complicated, one.

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