December 03, 2014
*** Before reading this press release, please note that BC Advantage is an
advocate for ICD-10 implementation. We see no reason to delay ICD-10 in 2015
Recently, physician groups have asked Congress to delay ICD-10 until 2017.
The 113th Congress will be considering health legislation for two more weeks
before recessing for the year on Friday, December 12. Please contact your US
Senators and Representatives today. Ask them to support the October 1, 2015
compliance date and vote "no" on any additional delays.
We cannot afford another delay. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
estimated that the last delay has already cost the healthcare industry approximately
$6.8 billion in lost investments, not including the cost associated with missed
opportunities for better health data to improve quality of care and patient
AHIMA's Advocacy Assistant provides advocacy tools you can use contact your
legislators. You can also learn more about what physician groups are asking
Congress at the Journal of AHIMA website. http://capwiz.com/ahima/home/
Last week a letter
was circulated to members of Congress-addressed to Speaker of the House
Representative John Boehner (R-OH)-requesting the implementation date be pushed
back to 2017.
Find out why BC Advantage didn't jump for joy when CMS published the new implementation
date of 2015?
CMS / HHS do not write the law. They simply ensure the law is followed.
Part of Storm Kulhan's CEO Note from our June/July 2014
Issue of BC Advantage
"In my opinion, this delay does nothing but harm our industry. Between
the calls from those of you who lobbied hard to get provider buy-in in the first
place, to get additional funding to support the training and software updates,
who took time to get trained and educated, and worked hard to make sure that
any implementation reimbursement delay effects would be as minimal as possible
for your providers, it was very clear that there were unhappy people out there.
After the vote, I contacted several industry professionals and groups to gauge
their reaction. Not a lot of those who I contacted were willing to go on the
record with their thoughts and feelings, which reinforced again to me that this
delay was impactful. What I learned was that CMS is not a policy maker (despite
many professionals thinking that CMS can step in here) and will only follow
and implement the law. I also learned that the AMA policy supports skipping
ICD-10 and instead investigating ICD-11 as a possible replacement for ICD-9.
I also found out that not a lot of professionals had thought about the ICD-10
provision now being attached to other Bills and what that now means for the
industry as a whole. According to an AHIMA statement, CMS estimated that a one-year
delay could cost anywhere between $1 billion to $6.6 billion. Doesn’t
that just blow your mind? Anyone got a black AMEX handy?"
Oppose HR 1701, the Cutting Costly Codes Act - This bill would stop ICD-10 implementation
US Representative Ted Poe (TX-02) introduced HR, 1701. This bill would prohibit
the Secretary of Health and Human Services from replacing ICD-9-CM with ICD-10-CM
and ICD-10-PCS. Contact your Member of Congress and voice your opposition to
this bill. Inform your federal legislator of the value of ICD-10 implementation
and the need to move forward with the October 1, 2015 compliance date.
BC Advantage MagazineThe question remains - can we as an industry afford
to keep delaying?
Janice Mcleod-Paulson Why
dont we just go straight to ICD-11 like the rest of the world. The US is behind
anyway. Lets just catch up
Brice Duffie My
analogy of why we can't jump straight to ICD 11 is look at it like math. Would
you want to jump straight from pre algebra to algebra ? The changes from 9 to
10 are drastic enough that the confusion would be greater if 10 were skipped
Lynnease Dunlap Armstrong Enough
of this crap!...NO MORE DELAY...NOW, NOW,
BC Advantage commitment to ICD-10:
Satrting May of 2014, we have been providing FREE access to ICD-10 articles,
Webinars, CEUs, and resources for all of our subscribers and we will continue
to provide these resources to our subscribers until ICD-10 is implememneted.