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SUMMER 2014

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20 | PracticeLink.com SUMMER 2014 couples, even if the marriage is not recognized by the state in which the couple lives. Postponement for parts of program As a result of lobbying by various groups and administrative diff - culties within the government in setting up the expanded health care program, the start dates for some parts of the ACA have been delayed, generally by about one year. • ICD-10: The tenth revision of the International Classif cation of Diseases (ICD-10) will not be implemented until October 1, 2015. Originally, it was to be implemented in 2013; then it was postponed to 2014; and, in April of this year, President Obama signed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, which moved the date to 2015. ICD-9 uses 13,000 codes; ICD-10 will use 68,000 codes, providing more precision in track- ing treatments and use of products. Many small physician groups and hospitals opposed the earlier imple- mentation of ICD-10 because of the administrative burdens. Many larger hospitals, physicians groups and insurance companies favored more prompt implementation. • "Doc Fix" for Medicare rates: Congress punted again on pass- ing a law to permanently f x the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, which determines physician payment rates under Medicare. Without legislation to f x the SGR, the formula would have mandated a 24 percent cut in physician pay. Democrats and Republicans had agreed in prin- ciple that the current formula needed to be replaced by a system based more on quality guidelines ɺÃþº¨ÉʶÇÉ¢º¹¾¸¶ÁºÃɺǺ¶¸½ÄúĻÊȺ·Ƕ¸ºÈÄÊǾÈȾÄÃÄ» ¾ÂÅÇÄ˾üɽº½º¶Áɽ¶Ã¹ÌºÁÁ ·º¾Ã¼Ä»É½º¸ÄÂÂÊþÉÎ̺ȺÇ˺ ùÉļºÉ½ºÇ̺¶Çº¸Ä¾Éɺ¹ÉĹºÁ¾ËºÇ¾Ã¼ÈºÇ˾¸ºÈ̾ɽ ¸¶Çº¶Ã¹ÇºÈź¸É ÅÇÄ˾¹¾Ã¼½º¶Áɽ»ÊÁ½ÄúÈɸÄÂÂÊþ¸¶É¾Äà ¶Ã¹ÅÇÄÂÄɾü źÇÈÄöÁ¼ÇÄÌɽ¶Ã¹Áº¶Çþü ¨¢Áĸ¶Éº¹¾Ã¬ºÈɺÇà ºÃÉʸÀξÈÁÄÄÀ¾Ã¼»ÄǶÃÎÈź¸¾¶Á¾ÈÉÈÉĿľà ÄÊǼÇÄ̾üº¹¾¸¶ÁÈɶ»»É½ÇÄʼ½º¾É½ºÇºÂÅÁÄκÃÉÄǾøĺ¼Ê¶Ç¶ÃɺºÈ ¨¢ÄźǶɺȶà ·ÊÁ¶ÉÄÇΨÊǼºÇκÃɺǶù¶Ã¤ÊÉŶɾºÃɾ¶¼ÃÄÈɾ¸ ºÃɺǸÄÃ˺þºÃÉÁÎÁĸ¶Éº¹Äö¼Áº¬¶Î Î¥¶ÈÈ̽¾¸½¾ÈÄÃÁξÃÊɺȻÇÄ ɽº½ÄÈžɶÁ ©½ºÇº¾È¶ÁÈĶ½ÄÈžɶÁ¾ÈɼÇÄÊÅ̽¾¸½ºÃ¶·ÁºÈ¶ÃÎŽÎȾ¸¾¶ÃÈ ÉĹº¹¾¸¶ÉºÉ½º¾ÇɾºÉÄÄÊÉŶɾºÃÉȺÇ˾¸ºÈ ÃɺÇöÁ¢º¹¾¸¾Ãº ù ºÃºÇ¶Á¨ÊǼºÇÎ ¤ÇɽÄź¹¾¸¨ÊǼºÇÎ ù ¤ÉÄÁ¶ÇÎüÄÁļΠ£© ù ªÇÄÁļΠI AM JENNIE STUART ÄÃɶ¸É £¶Ã¸Î§¶¾ÃºÈ Å } ~ ÃǶ¾ÃºÈ ¿È¸ ÄǼ ÌÌÌ ¿È¸ ÄǼ ÊÈÉÄú½ÄÊÇ»ÇÄ £¶È½Ë¾ÁÁº ÄÌÁ¾Ã¼ ǺºÃ ® ˶ÃÈ˾ÁÁº£¶Ã¹¥¶¹Ê¸¶½ ® As a result of lobbying by various groups and administrative difficulties within the government in setting up the expanded health care program, the start dates for some parts of the ACA have been delayed, generally by about one year. Reform Recap | The Affordable Care Act in progress Continued from previous page 2 4 3 - S u m 1 4 . i n d d 2 0 243-Sum14.indd 20 6 / 1 3 / 1 4 1 2 : 0 3 P M 6/13/14 12:03 PM

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