Friday, February 17, 2012

AMA Writes to Speaker Boehner, Recommends a Stop to ICD-10 Implementation

"The implementation...will create significant burdens on the practice of medicine with no direct benefit to individual patient care..."

James L. Madara, MD, Executive VP and CEO of the American Medical Association recently wrote a letter to John Boehner, Speaker of the House, urging him to "put a stop to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) required implementation of ICD-10". Citing the burden of coping with "with 68,000 codes - a fivefold increase from the current 13,000 codes" and issues in Canada involving "high risk for claims processing and payment disruptions" associated with ICD-10, he recommends a "call on stakeholders to assess an appropriate replacement for ICD-9." Dr. Madara estimates the cost of transitioning to the new coding system as between $83,290 to more than $2.7 million per healthcare practice.

Click HERE to read the letter.

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