I’ve been waiting to publish this information, hoping a quick resolution would occur; that hasn’t happened as of this writing.
A new bill was introduced on April 30, 2015 that would prohibit the Secretary of Health and Human Services from implementing ICD-10 to replace the ICD-9 HIPAA code set. Republican Representative, Ted Poe, of Texas has gained additional support from fellow republicans saying the ICD-10 codes are a “burdensome bureaucratic system” that will “put an unnecessary strain on the medical community.”
The bill is still in initial stages and has only been introduced and referred to the House- Energy and Commerce Committee and the Ways and Means Committee; no additional actions have been reported on the bill since April 30, 2015. You can follow the bill at https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2126/all-actions. Representative Poe introduced the same type of bill (H. R. 1701) into the House of Representatives in 2013, however the bill was never referred to outside committees. The current version may not get far, but I encourage you to take time to contact your state representative and state senator to let them know you oppose this bill. AHIMA has set up a website to make contact easy for you, please visit http://capwiz.com/ahima/issues/alert/?alertid=63175786&MC_plugin=7252 to complete the form.