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AAMC Submits Comments on ICD-10 Delay, New NPI Requirements

May 18, 2012—The AAMC submitted a May 17 comment letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the agency’s proposed rule that includes a one-year delay of the compliance date for ICD-10 and new national provider identifier (NPI) requirements. The AAMC supported CMS’s proposal to postpone the ICD-10 compliance date one year to Oct. 1, 2014, and acknowledged that the additional time can be used to undertake thorough impact assessments, implementation planning, testing, provider and staff training, as well as to fully test new systems with information technology vendors, health plans, and clearinghouses.

The AAMC expressed concern with CMS’s proposed compliance date of April 7, 2013, for requiring medical residents and interns to obtain an NPI.  The AAMC recommended CMS postpone the compliance deadline until one year after publication of the final rule, rather than the 180 days originally proposed.  According to the letter, this extended deadline will ensure that affected organizations are afforded sufficient time for providers to work out any documentation issues that could result in erroneous denials and to come into full compliance.


Will Dardani
Clinical Policy and Practice Specialist
Telephone: 202-828-0541


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