As mentioned last week, there were rampant rumors that ICD-10 compliance date delay language was to be inserted into the federal omnibus spending bill that was before congress last week. The industry (minus a few physician groups in 3 states) breathed a collective sigh of relief as this did not materialize in the final drafts submitted to the House of Representatives nor the Senate. In fact, congressional leaders released a statement reaffirming their commitment to the 2015 date:
“As we look ahead to the implementation date of ICD-10 on October 1, 2015, we will continue our close communication with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to ensure that the deadline can successfully be met by stakeholders. This is an important milestone in the future of health care technologies, and it is essential that we understand the state of preparedness at CMS. Following the most recent delay of ICD-10, we heard from a number of interested parties concerned about falling behind or halting progress. We would like to acknowledge and thank these organizations and individuals for opening up this dialogue and expressing their thoughts and concerns regarding this issue. It is our priority to ensure that we continue to move forward in health care technology and do so in a way that addresses the concerns of all those affected and ensure that the system works.”
However, that doesn’t mean that we are out of the dark just yet. As we saw w/the insertion of the delay language last March, the same SGR renewal bill is set to renew this spring.