Timeline for ICD-10 implementation has been released by NCHICA and WEDI. The timeline illustrates the need for all segments of the healthcare industry to start planning work now in order to meet the October 1, 2013 compliance deadline. NCHICA-WEDI Timeline Initiative, a collaboration of provider, health plan and vendor representatives serving on several workgroups, developed the timeline. It details the steps and time required for each industry segment (providers, plans and vendors) to effectively implement this major change in howthe healthcare industry identifies diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures. After the publication of the CMS regulation requiring the use of ICD-10 on transactions for any service performed on and after Oct 1, 2013, the work for revising the time line has started. CMS has stated firmly its expectation that the industry meets the deadline, and no contingency period will be allowed. Based on the timeline, the industry should be working now on an implementation strategy. Implementation is estimated to take a total of 966 days and should begin by January 18, 2010.
In order to inform the industry and policy makers of the time and resources necessary to accomplish major objectives NCHICA and WEDI will continue to work together on further timeline efforts. In addition to using this new timeline to monitor industry progress toward the compliance date, the timeline project staff are working on the overlaps among ICD-10, HIPAA version upgrades, and ARRA initiatives so that entitiescan make appropriate resource decisions. Furthermore, the recommendations are being developed on how to compress tasks that the timeline indicates should have begun earlier this year.