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Take Action Contact your legislators today and tell them to cosponsor H.R. 1701/S. 972, the Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2013!
Congress can address the ICD-10 transition and the regulatory burden on physicians by enacting H.R. 1701/S. 972, the Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2013, introduced by Rep. Ted Poe (R, TX-02) and Sen. Tom Coburn, MD (R-OK). This legislation will prohibit the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from the replacing the current ICD-9 with the new ICD-10 diagnostic code set.

By implementing ICD-10, the administrative and financial burdens for physicians are significant. The scheduled transition to a new code set includes a five-fold increase in diagnosis codes (13,000 increasing to 68,000) which will impact physician claims submissions and the business processes of a physician’s practice. Physicians will be responsible for complying with the ICD-10 mandate and bear the cost of the transition ranging from $83,290 to $2.7 million based on the size of a medical practice. The transition to ICD-10 presents physicians with the potential for significant disruptions in claims processing and payments.

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