House to Vote March 27 to Delay ICD-10, Medicare Payment Cuts

The U.S. House of Representatives on March 27 plans to vote on fast-track legislation to delay the ICD-10 compliance date by one year to Oct. 1, 2015. The legislation also would delay Medicare payment cuts to physicians under the Sustainable Growth Rate formula until April 1, 2015.  Currently, the payment cuts go into effect on April 1, 2014.

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Comments (3)
Delay it! Use that time to connect all of us first. The American Health Information Management Association should be more concerned with that and not with a system that is not ready for prime time. According to my e claims processor only CMS is ready for testing and even they are only doing a sample not every EP!!!! Remember the testing that was NOT done for Obamacare? How did that turn out? Want to get paid for work done using ICD-9 or do alot of extra work setting up ICD-10 and have delayed payments because insurance co. have not tested.
Posted by mackley | Wednesday, March 26 2014 at 5:11PM ET
I am all for keeping the current deadline for implementation. The main reason AHIMA does not want it postponed is because they stand to lose a lot of money in conferences and books.
Posted by Tony L | Thursday, March 27 2014 at 10:44AM ET
Healthcare is not that nimble, we can't just turn on a dime. Between MU, ACO's, ICD-10, SGR, HIE's, and the ACA we're all tied up in knots. I have mixed feelings about delaying ICD-10. On one hand I'll take whatever break we can get from the chaos of all this change. On the other I'm pretty confident our practice will be ready for ICD-10 and it frustrates me that we've spent so much time, effort, and money preparing for this only to have it delayed. I also feel there's an impact on the industry as a whole. I know with certainty that coding companies are gearing up for this. What happens to all the resources being added to address the increased need that may now be delayed by one year? I think it's too late to delay this.
Posted by Joe M | Thursday, March 27 2014 at 11:21AM ET
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