BREAKING: Senate Passes Bill Delaying ICD-10

stopsignOn 3/31/14, the Senate passed a bill that includes delay of ICD-10 implementation to October 1, 2015 – an entire year extension. It 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 Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320d–2(c)) and section 162.1002of title 45, Code of Federal Regulations.”

This puts many feet in mouths, including my own.

While on the surface this may seem like a relief, the amount of time, money, and energy spent to transition on October 1st of this year is immeasurable. To delay another year puts the brakes on something that all of us in the healthcare industry have prepared for. Software vendors have upgraded their systems, clearinghouses have begun ICD-10 testing, and coding educational institutions have begun teaching the new code set.

Delay also does not help to convince people that ICD-10 is a good thing, which is the point of the whole transition. More effective reporting, advanced specificity, and accuracy in claims reporting; these are all good things.

Our current plan is to continue with preparation as we were. Our clearinghouse is also moving forward with ICD-10 testing, even with the delay. Sign up for our newsletter to receive updates, or email if you have any specific questions: info@inchargeoffice.com .

 

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