Well, Maybe…Congress Votes Today for the Delay
So, we have all been 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 allow 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 delay of one full year!
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.”
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