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ICD-10 bill on the Hill

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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House Ways & Means/Health Subcommittee approves markup May 24 of the "Health Information Technology Promotion Act of 2005" (HR 4157), including a provision that requires implementation of the next-generation ICD-10 Medicare coding system by Oct. 1, 2009. AdvaMed has sparred over the date with private payors such as the BlueCross BlueShield Association, which has urged Congress to postpone the switch until 2012 to allow time to prepare infrastructure (1"The Gray Sheet" May 22, 2006, p. 5). AdvaMed contends in a May 24 joint statement with hospital and medical information societies that "the current proposed October 2009 implementation deadline is long overdue....Only with a declared...deadline can the field begin to dedicate resources required to complete the detailed planning and development process." The device industry sees the limited number of codes in ICD-9 as an impediment to incorporating new technology into the reimbursement process. The bill now goes before the full Ways & Means Committee. If passed by the House it will go into conference with companion health IT bill S 1418...
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