HHS has proposed delaying the compliance date for ICD-10 conversion by one year to Oct. 1, 2014.
The deadline extension was one of several topics covered in an e-mailed news release from HHS, which also announced a proposed rule that would establish a unique health plan identifier under the HIPAA Act of 1996.
To access the 198-page document, click here.
The proposed rule would implement several provisions of the Affordable Care Act designed to automate and simply administrative processes. According to HHS, the identifier could save providers and health plans up to $4.6 billion over a decade.
“The new health care law is cutting red tape, making our health care system more efficient and saving money,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said. “These important simplifications will mean doctors can spend less time filling out forms and more time seeing patients.”
More details on the proposed rule are available in a CMS fact sheet. Comments are due 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.