After 30 years of providing ICD-9-CM coding advice, the AHA Central Office will shift its
attention to ICD-10-CM/PCS and no longer accept nor respond to requests for ICD-9-CM coding
advice, effective January 1, 2014.
The American Hospital Association's Central Office serves as the official U.S. Clearinghouse
on medical coding for the proper use of the ICD-9-CM, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS systems
and Level I HCPCS (CPT-4 codes) for hospital providers and certain Level II HCPCS
codes for hospitals, physicians and other health professionals.
Please use this website to send and track questions that have been submitted online.
All official answers will continue to be provided in writing and mailed to your
Important Announcement: ICD-10 Implementation
“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. On August 4, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a final rule implementing PAMA by changing the compliance date for ICD-10, including the Official ICD–10–CM Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, and the Official ICD–10–PCS Guidelines for Coding and Reporting, from October 1, 2014 to October 1, 2015. The rule also requires HIPAA covered entities to continue to use ICD-9-CM through September 30, 2015.”
The Cooperating Parties have reviewed the original plan not to address any ICD-9-CM questions and decided to uphold the plan and go forward with only providing advice on ICD-10-CM/ICD-10-PCS (ICD-10) for the following reasons:
- With an ICD-10 implementation date of next year, and the remaining scheduled EAB meetings, we would be “closing” ICD-9-CM questions again almost as soon as we “re-opened” them.
- As hospitals and other providers continue their preparations for ICD-10, many will continue dual-coding to ensure ICD-10 trained coders increase their accuracy and proficiency and will require assistance with ICD-10 questions.
- There has been a significant shift from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10 in the questions received by our clearinghouse since we started providing ICD-10 advice in 2012, to the point that last year an overwhelming majority of the questions were related to ICD-10.
By focusing our time and attention on ICD-10 questions, we can better address ICD-10 issues in advance of implementation and ensure a smoother ICD-10 transition.