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House passes health IT billOver opposition from a substantial number of Democrats regarding privacy issues, the Health Information Technology Promotion Act of 2006, modified in the eleventh hour, passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday afternoon.
The vote on H.R. 4157 was 270-148.
The bill would set an Oct. 2010 deadline for the conversion from the International Classification of Diseases 9th Edition, or ICD-9, codes to ICD-10 codes, a deadline that was extended during negotiations over a final draft of the legislation last night by one year to Oct. 1, 2010.
It also includes a provision calling for to legislative relief from federal anti-kickback and Stark physician-self referral laws for hospitals to assist physician office practices with investment in health information technology.