Two new bills have recently been introduced to either delay or entirely eliminate the implementation of ICD-10.
Congresswoman Diane Black, a Tennessee Republican, introduced a House bill last week calling for an ICD-10 transition period. The gist of the bill, as explained by Black, is “to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide for transparent testing to assess the transition under the Medicare fee-for-service claims processing system from the ICD-9 to the ICD-10 standard, and for other purposes.” The suggested transition period is defined as 18 months.
Texas Republican Ted Poe has introduced H.R. 2126: Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2015. This bill is more draconian. It “prohibits the Secretary of Health and Human Services from replacing ICD-9 with ICD-10.”
Driving this point home, there is no new implementation deadline. The bill also requires the Government Accountability Office to “conduct a study to identify steps that can be taken to mitigate the disruption on healthcare providers resulting from a replacement of ICD-9.”
Millions, more likely billions, of dollars have been invested in ICD-10 preparedness on the part of our healthcare institutions and they are largely ready. ICD-10’s time has come.
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