March 26, 2014
Heads up everyone! THIS IS SUPER IMPORTANT!!!!
Did you know that Congress is voting on a bill tomorrow that includes requesting a 12-month delay to the implementation of ICD-10?
So, if it goes through, ICD-10 will not be adopted until 10/01/2015 despite confirmation from CMS administrator Marilyn Tavenner during the HIMSS Conference in Orlando, Florida, that CMS and HHS would not consider any further delays in the ICD-10 transition beyond Oct. 1 of this year.!
AHIMA has put out a call to members and other stakeholders to contact their representatives in Congress and ask them to take the ICD-10 provision out of the SGR bill. The ICD-10 provision is a seven line section in the bill in section 212 (page 19 of the bill).
Here is the wording:
SEC. 212. DELAY IN TRANSITION FROM ICD-9 TO ICD-10 CODE SETS.
The Secretary of Health and Human Services may not, prior to October 1, 2015,
adopt ICD-10 code sets as the standard for code sets under section 1173(c) of
the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320-2(c)) and section 162.1002 of title
45, Code of Federal Regulations.
Here is a suggested phone script that you can use:
"Hello Representative XX/Senator XX, my name is XXX and I am a concerned
member in your district, as well as a healthcare professional. I am calling
to voice my opposition to the language in the SGR patch that would delay ICD-10
implementation until October, 2015. CMS estimates that a 1 year delay could
cost between $1 billion to $6.6 billion. This is approximately 10-30% of what
has already been invested by providers, payers, vendors and academic programs
in your district. Without ICD-10, the return on investment in EHRs and health
data exchange will be greatly diminished. I urge you, Representative XX/ Senator
XX to oppose the ICD-10 delay and let Speaker Boehner and Senate Majority Leader
Reid know that a delay in ICD-10 will substantially increase total implementation
costs in your district as well as delay the positive impact for patient care."