President Obama signs into law a delay in ICD-10

From Michael O’Rourke, Danielle Weber, Steve Moore & Cliff Deveny on behalf of the ICD-10 Steering Committee

On Monday, March 31, the Senate voted on a bill (HR 4302) that would implement a temporary fix for Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula (SGR). Additionally, this bill contained language that introduced a delay to the ICD-10 compliance deadline to no sooner than Oct. 1, 2015. The bill, which had passed the House on March 27, was passed in the Senate with a 64/35 majority. President Obama signed it yesterday afternoon.

CHI leadership fully intends to continue ICD-10 program implementation activities at the current pace, and teams are asked to continue work as planned. The delay affords the ability to review the highest risk components of the program and take advantage of the one year extension. The extension will provide both opportunities and challenges; changes will need to be analyzed for cost, resource and timing impacts.

OneCare and ICD-10 executive leadership teams (including physician and operational leadership) are meeting to discuss implications of the delay. Once the strategic approach for the ICD-10 program is defined at the national level, division and market leaders will be engaged to plan for scenarios, assess impacts around opportunities and challenges for each market, and present recommendations to the ICD-10 Executive Steering Committee.

More information will be available soon as leadership meetings take place across both OneCare and ICD-10. If you have any ICD-10 questions, please send them to the ICD-10 Program Office.

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