American Society of Hematology

HHS Announces Intent to Delay ICD-10 Compliance Date

Published on: February 17, 2012

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the initiation of a process to postpone the date by which certain health care entities are required to comply with ICD-10.

In announcing the change in compliance date, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that "We have heard from many in the provider community who have concerns about the administrative burdens they face in the years ahead. We are committing to work with the provider community to reexamine the pace at which HHS and the nation implement these important improvements to our health care system."

According to HHS, this change in policy was prompted by President Obama’s goal of reducing regulatory burdens associated with medical care. ASH has advocated for delaying the implementation of ICD-10 and will provide more details on the new compliance date, as they become available.

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