POLICY BRIEFINGS


House Committee Examines ICD-10 Implementation


The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing on the subject of ICD-10 implementation, scheduled for October 1st of this year. There was bipartisan agreement that the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 should not be further delayed. Dr. Terry, representing the American Urological Association, testified to the physician concerns about losing time with patients while attempting to enter new billing codes, and the potential of ICD-10 implementation resulting in missed payments due to coding errors. Several witnesses at the hearing testified about how ICD-10 will improve data for the purposes of medical research and will facilitate a movement from volume to value driven care.


Health Legislation Recently Introduced


H.R. 815 (PHSA), to amend title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to preserve consumer and employer access to licensed independent insurance producers; LONG; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce; Feb. 9

H.R. 817 (MEDICARE), to suspend the implementation of zip code reclassifications for Medicare payment for ambulance services, and for other purposes; NUNES; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means; Feb. 9

H.R. 835 (MEDICAID), to amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide a standard definition of therapeutic foster care services in Medicaid; DELAURO; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce; Feb. 10

H.R. 818 (WASTE/FRAUD/ABUSE), to amend titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act to curb waste, fraud, and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs; ROSKAM; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means; Feb. 9

S. 418 (HEALTH EDUCATION), to support and encourage the health and well-being of elementary school and secondary school students by enhancing school physical education and health education; UDALL; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions; Feb. 9

H.R. 822 (AMBULANCE SERVICES), to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to require reporting of certain data by providers and suppliers of air ambulance services for purposes of reforming reimbursements for such services under the Medicare program, and for other purposes; SESSIONS; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means; Feb. 10

H.R. 826 (MENTAL HEALTH), to provide for a study by the Institute of Medicine on gaps in mental health services and how these gaps can increase the risk of violent acts; MCKINLEY to the Committee on Energy and Commerce; Feb. 10



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