November 15, 2011

AMA Votes to Stop ICD-10 Implementation


The House of Delegates of the American Medical Association (AMA) voted today “to work vigorously to stop implementation of ICD-10,” according to a news release posted on the association’s website. The vote came during the closing session of its semi-annual policy-making meeting that took place in New Orleans.


"The implementation of ICD-10 will create significant burdens on the practice of medicine with no direct benefit to individual patients' care," said Peter W. Carmel, M.D., AMA president. “At a time when we are working to get the best value possible for our health care dollar, this massive and expensive undertaking will add administrative expense and create unnecessary workflow disruptions. The timing could not be worse as many physicians are working to implement electronic health records into their practices. We will continue working to help physicians keep their focus where it should be – on their patients."

A spokesperson for The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services told ICD-10monitor,  "Implementation of this new coding system will mean better information to improve the quality of health care, and more accurate payments to providers. CMS is giving significant transition time and flexibility to providers to switch over, and we will continue to work with the healthcare community to ensure successful compliance."

“This is an interesting development from the AMA House of Delegates,” Kyle McElroy, MS-HAS, RHIA, director of health information management operations at IASIS Healthcare in Franklin, Tenn. told ICD-10monitor. “Most would agree the implementation of ICD-10 will create significant challenges to many areas of healthcare. Discussions regarding ICD-10 conversion have dated back for nearly 20 years due to medical advancements and limited code expansion for specificity. Furthermore, the CPT procedural coding system will remain in place for physicians. Most hospitals and healthcare systems are well underway with ICD-10 conversion efforts that include both IT system upgrades and training for healthcare professionals.”

McElroy added: “The ICD-10 Final Rule was published January 16th 2009 calling for transition on October 1st 2013. Nearly three years have passed since the Final Rule was published and less than two years to implementation, I suspect the conversion will remain as scheduled. Providers diligently working toward ICD-10 transition since 2009 or 2010 will have a more gradual and hopefully less disruptive conversion.”


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