The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has finally announced a proposed rule to postpone the compliance date for ICD-10 by one year to October 1, 2014.

Information Week Healthcare brought this news to our attention in their article, “Feds Propose One-Year ICD-10 Delay.” The compliance deadline for ICD-10 had been set for October 1, 2013, but after pressure from some health industry groups, HHS disclosed it was evaluating extending the deadline for ICD-10. However, at that time HHS did not announce how long the extension would be. Some wondered if the delay would be permanent, but this announcement nixes that.

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Melody K. Smith

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