With President Obama's April 1 signing of legislation into law delaying ICD-10 implementation to October 2015, supporters of the one-year extension believe that now is the time for Congress to get more actively involved in the code switchover. Despite including legislative language calling for the ICD-10 delay in the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, they say lawmakers have been relatively silent on the issue.
As proof, they point to the fact that ICD-10 wasn't mentioned even once in congressional debate of the bill in the run up to the House and Senate votes that ultimately passed the legislation. What's more, they argue, no congressional hearing has ever been held on the subject to exclusively examine the potential impact of ICD-10 implementation on the healthcare industry.
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