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ICD-10

ICD-10 delayed until at least Oct. 1, 2015

Texas Health Resources and Texas Health Physicians Group Plan to be Revised

The Senate voted Monday, March 31 to approve a bill that will delay the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS by at least one year. The Bill, HR 4302, Medicare Act of 2014, mainly creates a temporary “fix” 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 Oct. 1, 2015.

As result of this legislation, Texas Health Resources and Texas Health Physicians Group, like all providers and payers, will re-evaluate current plans and activities for the transition to the ICD-10 coding system. 

Since the transition to ICD-10 is inevitable and much time, effort and expense have gone into preparation to date, we will create a plan to protect the investment to date by continuing to prepare for ICD-10 while still using ICD-9 as the code set for reimbursement purposes. We will use this additional time to continue to alleviate the risks of implementation. 

The delay of ICD-10 raises many questions. Recently communicated plans for physician training will be delayed. Additional information will be communicated in the coming weeks.