President Signs SGR ‘Patch’ Bill, ICD-10 Officially Delayed

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On Tuesday President Obama signed into law a bill that requires the federal goverment to delay the adoption of ICD-10-CM/PCS for at least one year.

The bill, H.R. 4302, Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, mainly creates a temporary “patch” to the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR). A seven-line section of the bill states that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) cannot adopt the ICD–10 code set as the standard until at least October 1, 2015. The healthcare industry had been preparing to switch to the ICD-10 code set on October 1, 2014.

In a statement on the Senate vote that took place on Monday, AHIMA officials said they will work to clarify outstanding questions raised by the delay and continue to work with government officials to implement ICD-10.

Read more: Journal of Ahima

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