Lawmakers Seek More Information on ICD-10 Implementation

July 9, 2014 in News

Last week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner with a request for more information on the agency’s progress and future plans for ICD-10 implementation, EHR Intelligence reports (Bresnick, EHR Intelligence, 7/8).


U.S. health care organizations are working to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets to accommodate codes for new diseases and procedures. The switch means that health care providers and insurers will have to change out about 14,000 codes for about 69,000 codes.

In April, President Obama signed into law legislation (HR 4302) that pushed back the ICD-10 compliance date until at least October 2015.

In May, CMS confirmed that HHS plans to soon release an interim final rule that will set the new ICD-10 compliance deadline as Oct. 1, 2015 (iHealthbeat, 6/27).

Letter Details

The letter was signed by:

  • Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.);
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah);
  • Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.);
  • Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.);
  • Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.); and
  • Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.).

In the letter, the lawmakers wrote, “To ensure successful adoption of ICD-10 next October, CMS must take the necessary steps to ensure the agency, providers and contractors are all fully prepared to maintain the integrity of federal programs.”

They requested ongoing updates about the transition to ICD-10, including information on:

  • Education and outreach efforts;
  • Opportunities for stakeholders to take part in readiness planning;
  • Progress reports on projects involving Medicare and Medicaid;
  • Stakeholder participation, including concerns about lack of engagement or preparedness (EHR Intelligence, 7/7);
  • Strategies to improve industry readiness by sharing best practices (Lawmaker letter, 7/4); and
  • The rationale behind cancelling end-to-end testing and a timeline for new testing (EHR Intelligence, 7/7).
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