By FierceHealth IT
Healthcare providers would not be required to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets under a bill (H.R. 1701) introduced to Congress last week by Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas). Poe, earlier in April, slammed the new system as excessive, calling it "red tape" and "bureaucracy" typical of "clueless big government."
ICD-10 expands the 18,000 codes in ICD-9 for various injuries and diseases to more than 140,000 total codes. Providers, payers and vendors will have to learn upward of 50,000 new medical diagnosis codes, in addition to 70,000 new procedure codes.
The bill--dubbed the "Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2013"--was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, as well as the Committee on Ways and Means. It prohibits the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services from enforcing a switch to ICD-10, and also calls for the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study to "identify steps that can be taken to mitigate the disruption on healthcare providers resulting from a replacement of ICD-9."