According to a final rule released August 24, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") has officially delayed the implementation of the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) coding system until October 1, 2014, a full year after the originally scheduled compliance deadline. The one-year delay was granted in direct response to providers' concerns about a lack of resources and ability to adapt their systems in time to meet the original ICD-10 deadline. According to CMS, 26 percent of the providers CMS surveyed in November and December 2011 indicated that they were at risk of not being able to meet an October 1, 2013 compliance date. CMS selected the one-year delay over several other options also on the table to address provider concerns regarding implementation. Such options included foregoing ICD-10 altogether and waiting for implementation of ICD-11, or implementing only the ICD-10 procedure codes in 2013 but delaying implementation of the ICD-10 diagnosis codes. Not all providers were in favor of a delay in implementation. CMS received comments from numerous health plans, large hospitals, physician practices, and IT vendors describing the large investment already made in upgrading systems and personnel, generating a forward momentum that will be disrupted by a delay. CMS acknowledged these concerns but stated that they are outweighed by the potential for a major nationwide disruption in reimbursement resulting from the significant numbers of providers that are reportedly unprepared for implementation. For more, see here.