“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius launched a final rule to make definitive a one-year proposed delay—from Oct. 1, 2013, to Oct. 1, 2014—in the compliance date for use of new codes that classify diseases and health problems. The final rule also establishes a unique health plan identifier.
These code sets, known as the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition diagnosis and procedure codes, or ICD-10, will include an increased number of codes for new procedures and diagnoses that improve the quality of information available for quality improvement and payment purposes.”
Justine Cadet, CMIO. 27 August 2012