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Congress Mulls Another ICD-10 Delay

Wednesday, March 11, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Congress during the month of March expects to once again attempt a permanent fix to the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula for reimbursing physicians, and a delay in the ICD-10 compliance date could be in the mix, just as it was last year when the date was moved to Oct. 1, 2015.

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.), chair of the House Rules Committee, “has been meeting with physicians and discussing how ICD-10 will affect all parties in the medical community. He has been thoughtfully looking into this issue but no legislation has been drafted.”

As Congress closed its 2013-2014 session in December, physicians put pressure on members to revisit the ICD-10 compliance date and implement a new two-year delay. On Dec. 10, Sessions and Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, in a statement indicated a committee hearing would come in early 2015 as they “heard from a number of interested parties concerned about falling behind or halting progress.” A few days later, they backed off somewhat, indicating support for the current compliance date but pledging to take a hard look at the state of ICD-10 preparedness.  Click here to read more.....

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