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House Passes Health IT Bill; 2010 Date Set For ICD-10 Adoption

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

The "Health Information Technology Promotion Act" (HR 4157), including a 2010 adoption date for the next-generation ICD-10 Medicare coding system, passed in the House July 27 by a vote of 270-148

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