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If at first you don't succeed

HIM-HIPAA Insider, May 11, 2015

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If nothing else, Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, is consistent. He again introduced legislation to kill ICD-10. (The bill is H.R.2126 if you are interested.)

 
Poe has tried this trick before. He introduced an almost identical bill April 24, 2013. That bill, H.R. 1701, was never even discussed in committee.
 
Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health seemed to agree that we need ICD-10 during the February 11 ICD-10 implementation hearing. So it seems unlikely that this bill would make it very far.
 
Six fellow Republicans signed on as cosponsors of the bill, but the Democrats seem to be staying away. More indication that this bill is a non-starter.
 
With less than five months to implementation, we don’t need this kind of distraction. What we need are assurances that another delay won’t happen. Sadly, we probably won’t get the date written in stone and most of us will probably remain skeptical. It’s okay to be a skeptic. Just don’t slow down your ICD-10 implementation work because you think Poe might get a bill heard.
 
This article originally appeared on HCPro’s ICD-10 Trainer blog.

 



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