A bill has been reportedly negotiated by U.S. House and Senate leaders that would not only extend the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) "doc fix" and provide a 12-month delay to the March 31, 2014 expiration date, but would also delay the ICD-10 compliance date by another year.
The ICD-10 provision, seven lines in total, was tucked away in the bill in Sec. 212. The bill is up for a vote on Thursday (March 27, 2014) of this week. If passed, it says the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) cannot adopt ICD-10 as its standard code-set prior to Oct. 1, 2015. The current compliance date has been set for Oct. 1, 2014 of this year. Organizations like the American Health Information Management Association are calling for a removal of the ICD-10 delay provision.
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