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HIMSS is seeking less stringent 2015 meaningful use reporting requirements while the Medical Society of the State of New York is petitioning for another ICD-10 delay.
While one industry association is calling on its members to support legislation that would make changes to 2015 meaningful use reporting, another is urging Congress to consider legislating an additional two-year delay for ICD-10 compliance.
As first reported by the Journal of AHIMA, the Medical Society of the State of New York began passing around a letter to members of Congress asking to delay the ICD-10 transition until October 2017 “in order to allow for physicians to work thru the myriad of new government regulations that face us.”
The provider association has highlighted the financial implications of a failed industry-wide ICD-10 implementation on Oct. 1, 2015.
“The onerous penalties tied to these mandates add to the hysteria that is running through physicians’ offices and is generating many early retirements,” the letter states. “If every entity in the complex medical payment pyramid does not function perfectly on October 1, 2015 then physicians’ income goes to zero which is a steep price to pay for a new imperfect coding system.”
The medical society is calling on members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to include the two-year delay as part of “must pass piece of legislation during the upcoming Lame Duck Session in 2014.”
The move by the Medical Society of the State of New York mirrors that of the Texas Medical Association, which is advocating for a similar two-year ICD-10 delay.
Also calling for legislative action is HIMSS which has put out a message to its members to contact their representatives in Congress about the Flexibility in Health IT Reporting (Flex-IT) Act of 2014. The bill (HR 5481) introduced in September by Representatives Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and James Matheson (D-UT) would replace the full-year reporting for meaningful use in 2015 with a quarterly one.
HIMSS, which supports the bill, is looking to galvanize support among its constituents. “Members of Congress are not hearing from their constituents about 2015 Meaningful Use Reporting Period and that is where you can help! HIMSS is engaged in an effort to let members of Congress hear from their constituents about this important issue.”
Falling short of the bill’s passage, the industry association foresees the potential for Congress to consider other legislative avenues in the future. “Even without this bill passing, with enough Congressional support CMS may be persuaded to change the current policy,” the group maintains.
This legislation also has the support of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), which has repeatedly called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to reconsider meaningful use requirements in 2015 just as the federal agency showed a willingness to do in 2014.
“The misstep by officials to require a full-year of reporting using 2014 Edition certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) in 2015 puts many eligible hospitals and physicians at risk of not meeting Meaningful Use next year and hinders the intended impact of the program,” the organization stated in September. “To date; only 143 hospitals have met Stage 2 to date, representing a very small percentage of the 3,800 hospitals required to be Stage 2-ready within the next 14 days.”