May 1, 2015 — ChiroTouch, the nation’s leader in chiropractic software, urges practitioners to be prepared for the October 2015, ICD-10 deadline after Congress passes the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act without any provisions to further delay ICD-10 implementation.
“Last year around this time Congress voted to delay ICD-10 as part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act,” said Robert Moberg, CEO of ChiroTouch. “This year’s reauthorization did not include such language, which sends a signal loud and clear to all healthcare professionals—ICD-10 is coming and it’s not going to be delayed.”
In a landslide 392 to 37 vote, the US House of Representatives recently passed legislation that provides a permanent replacement to the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) that has vexed healthcare providers for more than a decade. The bill, H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, did not include any references to ICD-10 implementation or an ICD-10 delay. Two weeks ago, the Senate followed suit, passing the bill in a 92 to 8 vote.
Healthcare experts agree that practitioners should not expect to see further implementation delays.
With the October 1, 2015, implementation deadline a mere six months away, and with no overlap between ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes, it is crucial for practitioners to plan now to ensure they are ready for the challenges the ICD-10 transition is sure to bring.
“To help our clients make a smooth transition, ChiroTouch stands ready to deliver both the technology and training for our family of practices,” Moberg said. “We invite doctors to contact ChiroTouch to learn more about how we can keep practices running smoothly with a system founded on ease-of-use, compliance, and comprehensive documentation.”