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Ways & Means Committee Members Seek Smooth Transition to New ICD-10 Coding System Rollout

Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady: “Unlike the disastrous ACA rollout, the Administration owes it to our doctors to ensure a smooth transition to ICD-10”

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Washington, June 1, 2015 | comments

Washington, DC – Ways & Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Congressman Kevin Brady of Texas and 12 members of the House Ways and Means Committee today sent a letter to Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, urging the administration to provide a smooth transition for local physicians as CMS rolls out ICD-10, the newest coding system for healthcare professionals to code diseases, signs and symptoms, abnormal findings, complaints, social circumstances, and external causes of injury or diseases.

Brady stated, “Our local health-care providers have already taken on the financial and administrative burden of transitioning from ICD-9 to ICD-10. Unlike the disastrous rollout of healthcare.gov in the Affordable Care Act, this Administration owes it to our local doctors to ensure a smooth transition to ICD-10.”

The members of Congress urged the Administration to take steps to instill confidence—especially among physicians—and ensure the October 1, 2015 implementation deadline doesn’t cause widespread disruption.

Recommendations made by the committee can be found here.

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