HHS delays new billing system unpopular with doctors

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All told, ICD-10 has about five times more codes than doctors use now. The American Medical Association had pressed hard for a delay, saying doctors simply couldn’t adapt to the new requirements as quickly as HHS had initially wanted.

The department said Monday that doctors have until October 2014 to make the switch to ICD-10.

The delay was formalized along with new regulations that HHS said will cut red tape and simplify certain administrative tasks for doctors, hospitals and health insurance plans.

The new rules streamline the identification numbers that healthcare plans and providers use for billing. Simplifying those ID numbers will save insurers and providers as much as $4.6 billion over the next decade, HHS said.