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Thursday, March 27, 2014

ICD-10 update

apropos of Tuesday's post. On the congressional calendar today. We'll see if it passes both houses intact.



From The Incidental Economist this morning:
How much does health care contribute to health? [FAQ]

Read all the linked stuff. It's not a settled question, by any means. The infographic above is arguing a serious, expensive misalignment.

House delays vote on ICD-10, doc pay
Bill would have delayed the ICD-10 deadline to 2015, created a temporary SGR fix

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2014

After a fiery debate on the House floor, the House members pushed back an effort to delay the ICD-10 compliance deadline to 2015, legislation that also aimed to create  a temporary SGR patch.

Rep. John J. Duncan, a Tennesee Republican, declared the bill had the requisite two-thirds majority to pass. However, Rep. Joe Pitts, a Republican from Pennsylvania, objected to the vote, saying that a quorum was not present. The House voted. Duncan said it passed, Pitts objected, and so it was postponed...
And, then, from FierceHealthcare...
House approves temporary SGR fix
Bill also delays ICD-10, two-midnight rule and RAC audits
March 27, 2014, By Ilene MacDonald

The House of Representatives on Thursday approved a temporary fix to the sustainable growth rate (SGR) for one year in a bill that also delays ICD-10 implementation until at least October 2015 and postpones hospital compliance with the controversial "two-midnight rule"and recovery audits of medically unnecessary claims until March 2015.

The last-minute voice vote, arranged under special rules that provided for no amendments and limited debate, needed only a two-thirds majority (290) votes.

The bill still needs approval of the Senate before Congress' deadline of midnight on Monday, March 31...

More to come...

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