Well Maybe…Congress Votes Today for the Delay
So we have all be busy getting ready to implement ICD-10 in our medical practices this October. Just this week I upgraded our software to handle the new CMS-1500 insurance paper claim forms that allows for the new ICD-10 codes. I and my team have read books, taken classes and listened to webinars on the subject and will be certified in ICD-10 coding.
But wait. Hold the presses!
There is a new bill that has been introduced in Congress that includes a section calling for the delay of ICD-10 until October 1, 2015. That’s a one full year delay!
The bill was negotiated by top level leadership in the House and Senate. There is expected to be no debate on the bill before it comes up to a vote today, March 27th.
The clause in the bill concerning the implementation of ICD-10 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 14 162.1002 of title 45, Code of the Federal Regulations.
I’m not sure if I am relieved that we may have another year or concerned that I am going to forget everything I know about ICD-10.
What’s that old adage, “If you don’t use it, you lose it.”
What are your thoughts? Delay or get it over with. Leave me a note below in the comment section.