Unless you have been in a coma (that’s ICD-10-CM code R40.2), you know that the deadline for the United States to begin using ICD-10 –CM for diagnosis coding and ICD-10-PCS for inpatient hospital procedure coding is set at Oct. 1, 2015. However, the implementation of ICD-10 has been subject to a series of previous delays: the current date is the product of yet another year-long delay from the previous 2014 deadline, which also was the result of a previous delay. In January 2009, the date was pushed back by two years to Oct. 1, 2013 rather than a prior proposal of Oct. 1, 2011. 

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