In a move that took over a decade to accomplish, the Senate voted 92-8 late Tuesday to repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula that adjusts Medicare payments to physicians.
In a landslide 392 to 37 vote, the US House of Representatives this morning passed legislation that provides a permanent replacement to the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) that has vexed healthcare providers for more than a decade. The bill, H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, did not include any references to ICD-10 implementation or an ICD-10 delay.
The Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Health Subcommittee met last week to begin discussion on legislation that last year included language that delayed ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation to October 1, 2015.
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.
The US House of Representatives has passed a bill that would delay the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS for one year. A similar bill in the Senate is expected to be voted on soon. AHIMA has called on proponents of ICD-10 to contact their senators and ask that they not delay ICD-10.