AMA to Congress: Block ICD-10

AMA pushing to stop ICD-10Yesterday (17 January, 2012) the American Medical Association (AMA) sent a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to block the HIPAA requirement for implementation of the ICD-10 code set. The AMA said implementation of ICD-10 would require doctors and their office staff to contend with 68,000 codes rather than the 13,000 codes they use today, with the move creating significant burdens on the practice of medicine with no direct benefit to individual patient care. The letter also said that ICD-10 implementation will compete with other costly transitions associated with quality and health IT programs. Along with other stateholders in the healthcare industry, physicians face an October 2013 compliance deadline for the ICD-10 code set. Read the AMA letter here.