Obama signs doc fix, ICD-10 delay into law

President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed H.R. 4302, which was just passed through the Senate Monday, implementing a 12-month patch to the sustainable growth rate payment formula that will prevent deep Medicare payment cuts for physicians and delaying ICD-10 until at least October 1, 2015.

Over the past few months, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services had continually said no further delays to the implementation of ICD-10 would be enacted. In August 2012, implementation was delayed from Oct. 1, 2013, until Oct. 1, 2014.

The new law states that, "the Secretary of Health and Human Services may not, prior to October 1, 2015, adopt ICD-10 code sets as the standards for code sets." Bill (.pdf)