A move in Congress to delay the ICD-10 compliance date by one year to Oct. 1, 2015, could have some legs to it.

The word in Washington is that House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have struck a deal to pass legislation that would again prevent large Medicare payment reductions to physicians under the Sustainable Growth Rate formula as they continue to seek a replacement payment mechanism, says Robert Tennant, senior policy advisor at the Medical Group Management Association. But the legislation, which the House expects to vote on during its session on March 27, also includes one paragraph that would delay ICD-10.

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