The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Dec. 10 issued a statement that it is prepared to hold a congressional hearing on ICD-10 in the New Year.
In a joint statement, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) said that they are looking ahead to the October 1, 2015 ICD-10 compliance date and will continue their close communication with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to ensure that the deadline can successfully be met by stakeholders.
Upton and Sessions commented on the fact that following the latest delay in the ICD-10 implementation they heard from a number of interested parties concerned about falling behind or halting progress, and that they would like to acknowledge and thank these organizations and individuals for opening up this dialogue and expressing their thoughts and concerns regarding this issue.
Physician groups have been lobbying for an additional two-year delay to the implementation of ICD-10. The American Medical Association and its regional societies and delegations are reportedly working with Upton and Sessions to extend the ICD-10 compliance date to October 2017. Last month, a letter from the Medical Society of the State of New York to Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) was circulated to other members of Congress, requesting the ICD-10 deadline be pushed back to 2017.
Upton and Sessions in their statement emphasized that ICD-10 is an important milestone in the future of healthcare technologies and it is their priority to ensure that we continue to move forward in healthcare technology and do so in a way that addresses the concerns of all those affected and ensure that the system works.
In addition to ensuring that stakeholders are prepared for the ICD-10 code switchover in October 2015, they argued that it is essential that we understand the state of preparedness at CMS. Upton, along with other House and Senate committee leaders, sent a letter to CMS last June expressing concerns about ICD-10 preparedness for both providers and CMS following a one-year delay that Congress imposed in the spring of 2014.
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