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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 organization.

Important Announcement: ICD-10 Delay

Updated: 05/08/2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the following news item regarding the ICD-10 implementation date:

“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. Accordingly, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services expects to release an interim final rule in the near future that will include a new compliance date that would require the use of ICD-10 beginning October 1, 2015. The rule will also require 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 have 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.