former pharmaceutical executive and a former general counsel Alex Azar has been selected as the new HHS secretary by the Trump administration.
Rumors that federal health officials might make an announcement about the new ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation date at AHIMA’s ICD-10-CM/PCS and CAC Summit were addressed when Denise Buenning, MsM, acting deputy director, office of e-health standards and services at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), capped off the summit with her closing presentation Wednesday afternoon.
Insurance companies are expressing opposition to a proposed rule mandating uniformity in the way that payers handle patient data.
The Senate has formally scheduled discussion and will vote on a bill that includes language delaying ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation until at least October 1, 2015. AHIMA has put out a call to members and other stakeholders to contact their senators and tell them to vote against the SGR bill and not delay ICD-10.
News that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will offer a rigorous, four-pronged approached to ICD-10-CM/PCS preparedness and claims testing for fee-for-service providers was welcomed by panelists at a federal health subcommittee hearing Wednesday.