House Bill Asks for Two-Year Grace Period
A proposed bill by Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala) aims at creating a two-year grace period in which healthcare providers cannot be denied payment of services for ICD-10 related errors. The bill, Protecting Patients and Physicians Against Coding Act, is the third of its kind in recent months.
Palmer, along with 32 original co-sponsors, hopes to give physicians more latitude as they adjust to new ICD-10 requirements despite having an extra year to prepare. Recent legislation opposed to a hard ICD-10 launch has failed to gain traction in the House. The Oct 1, 2015 implementation date continues to gain momentum as the industry nears the final stretch to implementation.
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