CHA News Article

House Subcommittee Hearing Focuses on ICD-10 Implementation
GAO report finds CMS is prepared to transition Oct. 1

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health today held a hearing about the implementation of ICD-10. The subcommittee heard from opposing witnesses, with some urging Congress to proceed with the Oct. 1 implementation date, and others advocating for further delays. California Rep. Tony Cardenas entered CHA’s letter sent earlier this week into the record, noting that California’s hospitals are prepared for the transition and further delays would be costly. A recording of the hearing, along with written testimony, is available on the committee’s website.  

Additionally, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report expressing confidence in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) transition to ICD-10 by Oct. 1. The GAO interviewed 28 stakeholders who identified several areas of concern about the ICD-10 transition and made several recommendations. The GAO also summarized which steps CMS has taken to address the areas of concern. In response to stakeholder concerns about awareness of educational materials, CMS notes it has scheduled end-to-end testing with 2,550 covered entities during three weeks in 2015. It will issue an updated version of the Medicare-Severity Diagnosis-Related Groups to reflect the final inpatient prospective payment system rule for fiscal year 2016. CMS also plans to issue updated specifications for clinical quality measures for hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers in April.