Yesterday, the Senate passed HR 4302, the SGR Doc Fix bill that had previously been passed by the House on Thursday, March 27, 2014. HR 4302 primarily seeks to provide a one-year patch for physician reimbursement rates under Medicare, pushing the effective date past the end of the current congress. Of interest to our clients is Section 212 of the bill that precludes HHS from implementing ICD-10 coding until October 1, 2015. The bill can be found here. Now that the bill has been passed by the Senate, it is expected to be signed by President Obama in the very near future.
The passage of HR 4302 should prompt CMS to issue an alert and an update to the current MMSEA Section 111 User Guide notifying the industry that implementation of ICD-10 coding will be delayed.
PMSI is already equipped to handle the anticipated conversion to ICD-10 in October of 2014 but due to the complex process involved, understands the reasoning for a one year extension as provided in HR 4302. PMSI’s MedicareConnect for MMSEA Section 111 Reporting is ready to report both ICD-9 and/or ICD-10 coding and we will continue to enhance functionality as necessary to provide an industry leading solution to the industry. For any questions, please contact JustRegister@PMSIonline.com.