3 things to know about the Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2015
May 11, 2015 in Medical Technology
As far as proposed legislation goes, the latest attempt to avoid ICD-10 cuts straight to the point.
After a slight delay in posting the text to Congress.Gov, it is now publicly available and here are three things to know now.
- The proposed bill “prohibits the Secretary of Health and Human Services from replacing ICD-9 with ICD-10.” That’s one thing to know about the Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2014, of course, and neither ICD-10 advocates nor opponents should be particularly surprised by that intention.
- Unlike the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, which prevented HHS from mandating the deadline before October 1, 2105, Cutting Costly Codes aims to push ICD-10 back indefinitely. As such, no new compliance deadline is suggested.
- The bill also calls on 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.”
Whereas the first two are pretty straightforward, that last provision is likely to raise a number of eyebrows among industry observers.
What, after all, could possibly be less disruptive for replacing ICD-9 than converting to ICD-10?