A Memo from HIPAA COW President, Greg Margrett: 


Dear HIPAA COW friend –

Last night, the US Senate voted 64 to 35 to pass a bill that would, among other things, extend the implementation deadline for the ICD10 code set to October 2015 at the earliest.  The House voted four days ago to pass this bill, and it is expected that President Obama will sign it given the bipartisan support the bill received in both chambers of Congress.


What this exactly means in terms of payer and provider readiness as well as testing remains to be seen.  I am personally disappointed that Congress felt it necessary to tack the ICD10 provision onto another bill, but assuming it is signed into law it will give all impacted by ICD10 additional time to prepare and test.


Most communications regarding ICD10 have been handled by HIPAA COW’s EDI networking group.  I will be in contact with that groups co-chair’s to discuss the impact of this delay.  The EDI group was planning to have an ICD10 Payer Readiness Grid posted on the HIPAA COW website, but that will most likely not be published until after we find out what the payer community will be doing with this delay.


As always, thank you for your support of HIPAA COW!

Greg Margrett