New Bill Aims for Dual Coding
Legislation proposing a period of dual coding between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 was submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, July 10, 2015. The bill, H.R. 3018, would create a “safe harbor,” allowing providers to submit claims to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) using both code sets.
The bill will allow a 180 day dual coding period after the Oct 1, 2015 implementation date, ensuring providers will continue to be paid by CMS for medical claims as they navigate through the new code set. It also asks for a review of ICD-10 90 days after implementation by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to assess the impact on healthcare providers.
The bill was introduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and co-sponsored by Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.).
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