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S. 972 (113th): Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2013

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The Cutting Costly Codes Act would prevent the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from changing the version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) system that is used by the American medical industry from version 9 to the newer version 10.

Congressman Ted Poe [R-TX2] and Senator Thomas Coburn [R-OK] sponsored identical bills in both houses, citing the growing costs and administrative duties placed on physicians as an impediment to a healthy medical industry. Sen. Coburn stated that while health care providers struggle to navigate the murky waters of health care reform, HHS should halt the implementation of ICD-10.

The bill also calls for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study methods to lessen the disruption on health care providers resulting from a replacement of ICD–9. A report …

Sponsor and status

Thomas Coburn

Sponsor. Senator for Oklahoma. Republican.

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Last Updated: May 16, 2013
Length: 3 pages
May 16, 2013
113th Congress (2013–2015)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on May 16, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


6 Cosponsors (6 Republicans)



May 16, 2013

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S. 972 (113th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 972. This is the one from the 113th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2013 to Jan 2, 2015. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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