Colorado Medical Society

Federal CMS and AMA announce ICD-10 grace period

Thursday, July 09, 2015 10:43 AM

The American Medical Association and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (federal CMS) jointly announced on July 6, 2015, that agreement has been reached on important elements of a “grace period” for the Oct. 1, 2015, implementation of the ICD-10 diagnosis code set.

M. Ray Painter Jr., MD, the senior delegate of the CMS delegation to the AMA, formulated the concept and the CMS AMA Delegation took it to the AMA two years ago. Although the resolution passed and has been AMA policy since that time, it did not receive much attention because of the AMA’s hard-line stance on achieving
a delay of ICD-10 implementation, which they secured in 2014. Painter’s concept was re-introduced at the 2015 AMA Annual Meeting in June and showcased by the most vocal opponent to ICD-10, Jeff Terry, MD, of Alabama.

The federal CMS announced that:

According to the AMA, the announcement demonstrates that the agency is responsive to physician concerns. The AMA will monitor and keep the agency apprised of any implementation issues that persist in 2016, and will urge the agency to make any needed adjustments to the grace period policy and timeline based on new information that surfaces during the implementation process.

The Oct. 1 deadline for implementation of the ICD-10 code set is fast approaching, and time is running out for physician practices to complete their preparation. The AMA has a broad range of materials available on its website  to help physicians prepare.