The American Health Information Management Association has launched a campaign opposing H.R. 2652, the Protecting Patients and Physicians Against Coding Act.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.), would establish a two-year “grace period” for accepting codes submitted once the October 1 ICD-10 implementation deadline goes into effect. During this time, providers could not be denied Medicare/Medicaid payments because of coding errors. AHIMA is urging members to contact their congressmen and senators to “let them know you oppose any legislative efforts to reduce the accuracy of medical coding.”

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