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AMA begins campaign to stop ICD-10 transition

Though regulators have indicated they won’t delay the 2013 deadline for healthcare organizations to start using ICD-10 codes, one physician organization has vowed to work to postpone the transition.

The American Medical Association (AMA), in its semi-annual policy-making meeting, voted to campaign to push back the ICD-10 deadline, which is currently set for October 1, 2013.

The physician organization’s House of Delegates voted to “work vigorously to stop implementation of ICD-10,” the AMA announced in a statement. AMA President Peter W. Carmel, M.D., said the new code set will “create significant burdens” on doctors and practices “with no direct benefit to individual patients’ care.”

The AMA cited a 2008 study which concluded that an ICD-10 implementation will cost $83,290 for a three-physician practice, and $285,195 for a practice with 10 doctors.

Carmel also said now is an especially bad time for switching to ICD-10 codes, because medical practices are already busy preparing to implement electronic health records because of other federal initiatives.

We’ll keep you posted on this and other attempts to delay the ICD-10 deadline. In the meantime, read more on what healthcare organizations should be doing to prepare for the new code set here and here.

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