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Representative Ted Poe (R-TX) introduced a bill, H.R. 2126 on April 30, 2015, in yet another effort to prevent the Health and Human Services Secretary from replacing ICD-9 with ICD-10 as the standard HIPAA code set. The bill was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and to the Committee on Ways and Means, for consideration and recommendations before it may be brought before the U.S. House of Representatives for debate and vote.
A Predictable Move with Little Support
Rep. Poe is a well known and outspoken opponent of the change to ICD-10, having introduced a similar bill in 2013, H.R. 1701, also seeking to stop the change. However, that bill was never taken up by any House committees, so never reached the House floor.
According to Margarita Valdez, Senior Director of Congressional Relations at AHIMA, there appears to be little support for the bill, especially since the Ways and Means Committee has been supportive of ICD-10 all along. Last February, the Committee on Energy and Commerce already held an ICD-10 related hearing, where several senior committee members indicated their support for ICD-10. It is therefore highly unlikely that at least that committee will hold any further hearings on ICD-10.
H.R. 2126 is decidedly not a bipartisan bill, since it is co-sponsored by six Republicans: Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), Rep. Mike D. Rogers (R-AL), Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), Rep. Morgan H. Griffith (R-VA), Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), and Rep. David P. Roe (R-TN).
Let Your Voice Be Heard
AHIMA and the Coalition for ICD-10 have created a VERY easy way for anyone to contact their representatives and senators to implore them to allow no further delays in the implementation of ICD-10.
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