- Copyright © 2014, The American Academy of Pediatrics
On March 31, Congress passed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, which postpones the 24% Medicare physician payment cut for 12 months until April 1, 2015. Unexpectedly included in this legislation is a one-year delay of ICD-10-CM implementation, which means the new transition date is Oct. 1, 2015.
It has been estimated that upwards of $6 billion has been invested throughout the health care industry in preparation for the updated diagnosis coding system.
The Academy has been working to prepare members for the changeover. Pediatric practices are encouraged to take the extra time introduced by the delay to master the new nomenclature prior to implementation.
“While some practices and organizations were well-prepared for the change, others were not,” said Margie C. Andreae, M.D., FAAP, chair of the AAP Committee on Coding and Nomenclature. “This delay presents an opportunity for practices to conduct more system, process and payer testing prior to the change.”
The Academy offers ICD-10-CM resources for pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists at www.aap.org/en-us/professional-resources/practice-support/Coding-at-the-AAP/Pages/ICD-10.aspx.
Pediatricians can email the AAP Coding Hotline atfor advice as they continue to prepare for ICD-10-CM implementation on Oct. 1, 2015.