Congress set to vote on ICD-10 delay
March 26, 2014 in Medical Technology
Under the guise of the already contentious SGR fix, Congress is girding to vote on a bill Thursday that would delay ICD-10.
Such a brief mention for a bold idea, Section 212 states:
“The Secretary of Health and Human Services may not, prior to October 1, 2015, adopt ICD–10 code sets as the standard for code sets under section 1173(c) of the 13 Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320d–2(c)) and section 14 162.1002 of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations.”
The American Health Information Management Association responded quickly.
“AHIMA has put out a call to members and other stakeholders to contact their representatives in Congress and ask them to take the ICD-10 provision out of the SGR bill or not approve the bill,” AHIMA wrote on Wednesday.
Recognized ICD-10 expert and technology consultant Steve Sisko told Government Health IT the bill may pass the House.
“There’s a good chance,” Sisko explained. “All this anti-CMS, healthcare reform is not working, HIX debacle sentiment is permeating the news cycle.”
But more important to Sisko is that pushing back the deadline would merely continue “a bad precedent of punishing those who worked in good faith to comply,” and “ICD-10 is so far along we just need to finish it.”
The American Medical Association, the group most publicly opposed to ICD-10 had yet to issue a statement when the article was published at 2 p.m.
More to come.