A key Congressional committee will be holding a stakeholder hearing on ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation next week. The "Examining ICD-10 Implementation" hearing, set for 10:15 am ET on February 11, is being held by the influential House Energy and Commerce Committee s subcommittee on healthcare, which is chaired by Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA).
"This hearing is an important opportunity to hear about the state of preparedness of all those involved and ensure that we are continuing to move forward in health care technology," Pitts said in a press release announcing the hearing .
Back in December, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX) issued a statement saying that they would hold hearings on ICD-10 and stay in communication with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) "to ensure that the [ICD-10-CM/PCS] deadline can successfully be met by stakeholders."
The Congressmen noted in the statement that "it is essential that we understand the state of preparedness at CMS. Following the most recent delay of ICD-10, we heard from a number of interested parties concerned about falling behind or halting progress."
AHIMA staff will attend the February 11 hearing and closely monitor any developments that result from it. Panelists testifying at the hearing will include stakeholders who both oppose and support implementing ICD-10 on October 1, 2015.
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