CMS Update on ICD-10-CM PCS and ICD-9-CM Codes
Per the CMS announcement:
2015 ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS Postings
The 2015 ICD-10-CM and 2015 ICD-10-PCS files are now posted on the CMS website:
The 2015 General Equivalence Mappings (GEMs) will be posted later this summer.
Partial Code Freeze Extended
The ICD-9-CM Coordination and Maintenance Committee implemented a partial freeze of the ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 (ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS) codes prior to the implementation of ICD-10, which would end one year after the implementation of ICD-10. On April 1, 2014, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) (Pub. L. No. 113-93) was enacted, which said that the Secretary may not adopt ICD-10 prior to October 1, 2015. Accordingly, HHS expects to release an interim final rule in the near future that will include a new compliance date that would require the use of ICD-10 beginning October 1, 2015. The rule will also require HIPAA covered entities to continue to use ICD-9-CM through September 30, 2015.
The partial code freeze will continue through October 1, 2015, the new planned implementation date. Regular updates to ICD-10 will begin on October 1, 2016, one year after the implementation of ICD-10. See Partial Code Freeze for ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 for more information.