Saturday night, in a rare weekend session, the so-called “Cromnibus” federal funding bill, “HR 83 – Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015” passed the US Senate without any amendments delaying ICD-10, after passing the House of Representatives late in the evening on Thursday, December 11. Selected physician groups had attempted to insert a two-year ICD-10 delay into the bill.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has estimated that the last delay, enacted April 1 through a legislative act of Congress, has cost the healthcare industry approximately $6.8 billion in lost investments, not including the cost associated with missed opportunities for better health data to improve quality of care and patient safety.
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Source: www.AHIMA.org; December 18, 2014.