With the October 1 ICD-10 deadline rapidly approaching, another member of Congress has introduced legislation that would establish a grace period following the compliance date during which providers could not be denied Medicare/Medicaid payments because of coding errors.
Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.) has sponsored the Protecting Patients and Physicians Against Coding Act (H.R. 2652) which calls for a two-year grace period so that providers can focus on patient care instead of coding and receiving compensation for their care while ICD-10 is being fully implemented. With ICD-10s five-fold increase in codes compared to ICD-9, Palmer warned that the code switchover creates significant administrative challenges for rural and small town providers in particular, who lack the resources to fully prepare for the ICD-10 implementation.
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