Friday, June 16, 2006
Both the House Energy and Commerce Committee (28-14) and the House Ways and Means Committee (23-17) reported out their respective versions of H.R. 4157, a health information technology promotion law. There are several difference between the two bills, the most significant of which from a health plan prospective is that the Ways and Means bill mandates implementation of the ICD-10 coding system in 2009 while the Energy and Commerce bill does not. The House leadership now will have to reconcile the two bills if they want to have a productive Health Week.