H.R. 4302 Signed into Law on April 1st – ICD-10 Coalition Members Issue Statements Opposing Delay of ICD-10
AHIMA is seeking immediate clarification on a number of technical issues such as the exact length of the ICD-10 delay continue to work with government officials to implement ICD-10.
CHIME said the organization will continue to work to prevent any further delay beyond 2015.
3M calls the passage of bill H.R. 4302 a vote for the past, not the future of health care.
In a recent statement, AMIA officials quoted CMS’s estimates that a one year delay could cost between $1 billion to $6.6 billion. This is approximately 10-30% of what has already been invested by providers, payers, vendors and academic programs.
Coalition Members Respond to U.S. House Vote on ICD-10 Delay
Members of the ICD-10 Coalition immediately issued statements following the U.S. House passage of bill H.R. 4302 – Protecting Access to Medicare, which adjusts the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) for Medicare payments, dictating how much physicians get paid for services. A provision to delay ICD-10 was a last-minute addition to the bill.
The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA): “The transition to ICD-10 is time sensitive because of the urgent need to keep up with tracking, identifying and analyzing new clinical services and treatments available to patients. Continued reliance on ICD-9 is not a viable option when considering the risk to public health and the danger of relying on outdated and imprecise data.”
Richard Averill, Senior Vice President and Research Director, 3M Health Information Systems: “We are extremely disappointed with House passage of the provision to delay ICD-10. ICD-10 is the foundation for modernizing the U.S. health care system through higher quality information for measuring service quality, patient outcomes, safety, and efficiency. We have waited, literally, decades for adoption of ICD-10. The impact of today’s vote will be disruptive and costly to healthcare providers, payers, and vendors, who have worked diligently and at great expense to be compliant by October 2014. Another year’s delay is poor policy for our country and detrimental to the entire healthcare community.”
Russell P. Branzell, President and CEO of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME): “Further delay of ICD-10 discredits the considerable investment made by stakeholders across the country to modernize healthcare delivery. Providers have already dedicated significant time and resources in financing, training and implementing the necessary changes to workflow and clinical documentation. Any disruption to the ICD-10 transition at this stage would be detrimental” (EHR Intelligence).
The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate and a vote is expected by late afternoon on Monday, March 31.
Congress to Vote on ICD-10 Delay; ICD-10 Coalition Members Call for Removal of Delay Provision
ICD-10 Coalition Letter to CMS Calls for No Delay
Members of the Coalition for ICD-10 expressed their continued support for the October 2014 implementation date in a recent letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. Coalition members oppose any actions that would further delay full compliance with the planned adoption of ICD-10.
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