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Tell Congress no more delays

HIM-HIPAA Insider, March 9, 2015

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Just when we were starting to feel really good about ICD-10’s chances of being implemented, AHIMA has learned that Chairman of the House Rules Committee Pete Sessions, R-Texas, is looking to draft language to delay ICD-10. The chairman is seeking support from his colleagues in Congress, according to an email from Margarita Valdez, senior director of Congressional relations for AHIMA.

 

AHIMA is urging HIM professionals to call Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, at (202) 225-7772 and state that you support ICD-10 implementation in 2015.
 
Here are some talking points from AHIMA:
  • We need the code sets in 2015!
  • A recent GAO report supports ICD-10 readiness.
  • Small physician practices are expected to spend between $1,900 and $6,000 to transition to the new code set. This is much lower than previous reports. The study can be found on www.coalitionforICD10.org.
You can also mention the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on health’s ICD-10 Implementation hearing February 11. During the testimony, the subcommittee’s members heard from seven industry stakeholders, six of whom supported ICD-10 implementation in 2015. Many members of the subcommittee agreed that the U.S. needs ICD-10, and it should not be delayed any further.
 
Then call the other congressional leaders also. AHIMA helpfully provided their names and phone numbers:
  • Sessions: (202) 225-2231
  • Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-North Carolina): (202) 225-2071
  • Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.): (202) 225-6165
  • Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga): (202) 225-4272
  • Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio): (202) 225-2015
  • Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga): (202) 225-9893
  • Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY): (202) 225-3615
If you tweet, you can also find their Twitter handles very easily online, for example, @michaelcburgess and @PeteSessions.
 
Make sure Congress knows we support ICD-10 in 2015!
 
This article originally appeared on HCPro’s ICD-10 Trainer blog.

 

 



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