WASHINGTON, D.C.—This week, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) introduced H.R. 2126, the Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2015. This legislation will prohibit the federal government from requiring the medical community to comply with the new set of codes under the International Classification of Diseases (ICD).
ICD-10, or the International Classification of Diseases, is a set of standardized billing and diagnostic codes used by doctors. Currently, the US operates under ICD-9, which contains about 13,000 codes. Under ICD-10, sits 68,000 different codes—five times the current system. This burdensome bureaucratic system will be costly to implement and as a result medical practices nationwide will suffer. According to some studies, the new codes could cost roughly between $56,000- $8 million to implement.
“The new ICD-10 codes will not make one patient healthier,” said Rep. Poe. “What it will do is put an unnecessary strain on the medical community who should be focused on treating patients, not implementing a whole new bureaucratic language. Instead of hiring one more doctor or nurse to help patients, medical practices are having to spend tens of thousands just to hire a specialist who understands the new codes. Big government must get out of the way and let doctors do what they were trained to do---help people.”
Texas Medical Association and Harris County Medical Society support this legislation.