CMS Announces Partial Freeze for ICD-10 and No New Updates for 2015

CMS published information on a code set “partial freeze” for ICD-10 in a recent posting. It also notes that ICD-9 will be affected as well. Note that ICD updates are effective October 1 of each year. The posting notes the following:

  • On October 1, 2014 there will be only limited code updates to both the ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 code sets. This is to capture new technologies and diseases as required by section 503(a) of Pub. L. 108-173.
  • On October 1, 2015, again there will be updates only as noted above.

There will be no updates to ICD-9-CM, as it will no longer be used for reporting to HIPAA-covered entities.

  • On October 1, 2016 (one year after the new scheduled implementation of ICD-10), regular updates to ICD-10 will begin.

A separate posting, CMS stated that there will be no new, deleted, or revised ICD-10-CM codes for 2015. The Outreach document also noted that the 2015 ICD-9 and ICD-10 files are posted and available on the CMS ICD-10 page.

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