The legislation signed into law in early April creating another patch for the fundamentally flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for reimbursing physicians under Medicare also delays the adoption of International Classification of Diseases, 10th edition (ICD-10) coding system, which will fully replace ICD-9 on October 1, 2015. The October 1, 2014, deadline is no longer in effect.
ASCO is encouraging practices to continue preparing for the transition before the new October 1, 2015, deadline. After this date, providers may no longer bill with ICD-9 codes. ASCO is currently updating the ICD-10 transitioning resources available in its online resource center (available at www.asco.org/practice-research/icd-10) to reflect the new deadline. If you have any questions regarding ICD-10, please contact ASCO via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. ■
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