CMS has announced that the ICD-9-CM Coordination & Maintenance Committee has finalized its decision to implement a partial freeze for ICD-9-CM codes and ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codes prior to implementation of ICD-10 on October 1, 2013. Under this policy, the last regular annual update to these code sets will be made on October 1, 2011. On October 1, 2012 there will be only limited code updates to both ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 code sets to capture new technology and new diseases. There will be no updates to ICD-9 -CM on October 1, 2013, since that system will no longer be a HIPAA standard. On October 1, 2014 regular updates to ICD-10 will begin.