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House passes bill that includes ICD-10 delay

The House of Representatives passed HR 4302 today using a controversial surprise voice vote, bringing another ICD-10 delay closer to reality.

news blocksHR 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.

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Michelle A. Leppert About the Author: Michelle A. Leppert, CPC, is a senior managing editor for JustCoding.com. JustCoding provides coders, coding supervisors, and health information management (HIM) directors with educational resources to test their coding knowledge, employ correct coding guidelines, and stay abreast of CMS transmittals.

In addition, she writes and edits the HCPro publication, Briefings on Coding Compliance Strategies. Email her at mleppert@hcpro.com.

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  1. Hi Michelle, My senators told me that vote is expected on Monday.

  2. For anyone who would like to voice their opinion on opposing this delay!
    http://capwiz.com/ahima/callalert/index.tt?alertid=63161891

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