Texas rep's bill stops ICD-10 transition

A new bill would not require a transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) introduced the bill dubbed the "Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2013."

The bill prohibits the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services from enforcing a switch to ICD-10, and also calls for the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study to "identify steps that can be taken to mitigate the disruption on healthcare providers resulting from a replacement of ICD-9."

Poe is a fifth-term Republican who’s a member of the Tea Party Caucus. He cites the nine ICD-10 codes for various turkey injuries as just one example of the unnecessary specificity of the new coding system.