October 2015 ICD-10 Deadline Appears Firm

A majority of key Health Subcommittee Members do not want any additional delays

This week the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee held a hearing on ICD-10 implementation. The Subcommittee heard testimony from seven industry stakeholder witnesses, six of whom testified in favor of maintaining the October 1, 2015 implementation date for ICD-10.

Subcommittee members of both parties expressed hope that the implementation date is not delayed again. In his opening statement, Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) expressed his desire to avoid any additional delays in implementation.

Break Away from the Static

Witnesses who were supportive of the October 1st implementation date emphasized not only their preparedness but also their desire for the new coding system. Sue Bowman, testifying on behalf of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) was in favor of maintaining the October 2015 deadline.

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Kirk Reinitz, CPA