The House of Representatives passed HR 4302 today using a controversial surprise voice vote, bringing another ICD-10 delay closer to reality.
HR 4302 focuses on patching the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) for physician Medicare payments. Someone inserted a line in the bill that would prohibit CMS from implementing ICD-10 prior to October 1, 2015.
The House passed a bill to permanently fix the SGR March 14 by delaying portions of the Affordable Care Act, but the bill did not get passed in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
Thursday morning, members of the House debated the bill without mentioning the ICD-10 delay. All of the discussion focused on fixing the SGR.
The bill appeared to be on hold Thursday morning because the House did not have a quorum. However, the House took an unexpected recess that allowed Republican leaders to round up the votes needed to pass the bill.
The Senate is expected to vote on the bill tomorrow.