Updated on: March 17, 2016

Senate Votes to Approve SGR, Delay ICD-10

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Original story posted on: March 31, 2014

The U.S. Senate today passed H.R. 4302 to extend the Sustainable Growth Rate while at the same time delaying the implementation of ICD-10 by one year, pushing the mandatory compliance date back to Oct. 1, 2015.

 

The vote was 64 to 35 at 6:45pm ET. The president is expected to sign the legislation.

The provision for extending the delay was tucked into the House bill to extend the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula for another 12 months rather than finding a permanent solution to the 1997 Balanced Budget Act, which attempted to rein in Medicare reimbursement to physicians. Annual “doc fixes” to temporarily repeal the SGR have come to characterize the inability of Congress to resolve controversial issues – as in this case, with Congress forestalling a scheduled 24-percent reduction to physician reimbursement that would have kicked in April 1.

Chuck Buck

Chuck Buck is the publisher of ICD10monitor and is the executive producer and program host of Talk Ten Tuesdays.