Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Hill Takes Up ICD-10

Dianne De La Mare

The House Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing on the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) role in the approaching deadline for ICD-10. The majority of the Subcommittee members concede that there is no need for any further delays for the code set implementation start date on October 1, 2015.

Republicans on the Subcommittee are concerned that the “botched roll out of HealthCare.gov” have forced them to consider whether the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) can truly be ready by the October deadline to implement the 10th version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10). The Subcommittee has called upon CMS to share a contingency plan in case its systems have trouble implementing the new codes this fall.

To obtain background information and a transcript of the hearing go to http://energycommerce.house.gov/hearing/examining-icd-10-implementation.

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