In its final rule, CMS has announced that providers will receive coding and billing software six months before the ICD-10 transition date. This is double the lead time that providers had for a planned 2014 transition. The switch to ICD-10 was originally planned to take place on October 1, 2014, but was delayed until October 1, 2015. In its final rule, CMS noted that “several commenters” had asked for additional lead time. Providers had expressed “anxiety” over the transition, saying CMS was not offering the necessary support. In the coming months, CMS plans on carrying out “additional outreach” and is also encouraging providers to take full advantage of the additional lead-time to prepare their systems to submit the new codes.
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