List of ICD-10 Hearing Panelists Released; GAO Gives CMS High Marks for ICD-10 Prep

AHIMA’s Sue Bowman, MJ, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA, senior director of coding policy and compliance, will testify during a Congressional committee hearing Wednesday on ICD-10-CM/PCS. The multi-stakeholder hearing, “Examining ICD-10 Implementation,” is being held by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health on February 11, at 10:15 a.m. ET.

Bowman’s testimony will be delivered alongside other key industry stakeholders. The full panel of witnesses will include: Edwin M. Burke, MD, Beyer Medical Group; Richard Averill, 3M Health Information Systems; Kristi A. Matus, Athena Health; William Jefferson Terry, MD, Mobile Urology Group; Carmella Bocchino, America’s Health Insurance Plans; and John Hughes, MD, professor of medicine, Yale University.

The hearing follows the release of a Government Accountability Office report, “CMS’s Efforts to Prepare for the New Version of the Disease and Procedure Codes,” was commissioned by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR). Both Senators are on the influential Senate Finance Committee.

Released late on Friday, the report includes input from 28 stakeholders, and looks at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ ability to prepare itself as well as providers, health plans, and vendors for the transition to ICD-10 by the October 2015 implementation date.

Both Wyden and Hatch are reportedly satisfied with the report’s conclusion that CMS is prepared and has conducted sufficient outreach to the healthcare community.

Hatch told Politico that, “As demonstrated by this report, the provider outreach and responsiveness to stakeholder concerns from CMS has kept the agency on track to upgrade to the next level of health care coding.”

Wyden echoed Hatch.

“CMS has taken unprecedented actions to help providers prepare for this change,” Wyden told Politico.

Several of Wednesday’s panelists come from organizations that are members of the Coalition for ICD-10, a group of stakeholders pushing to keep the implementation deadline on track for 2015. Those panelists include Burke, Bowman, Averill, and Bocchino.

Click here for the full list of Wednesday’s panelists, and here to read the full GAO report. The hearing webcast will be available to watch live at http://energycommerce.house.gov/.

For more on Wednesday’s hearing, click here.

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