May 30, 2012

Seventy-seven percent disagree on AMA stance for ICD-10 extension


When asked what they thought of the American Medical Association’s push for a two-year extension of the implementation of ICD-10, 77 percent of responding listeners to the weekly live Internet radio program Talk-Ten-Tuesday said the “AMA should stop and get on board with everyone else.”


While 10 percent of respondents agreed with the AMA’s stance, 9 percent said, “somebody just tell me what to do.” Typically, about 80 percent of the program’s audience is made up of providers, not vendors. The poll was conducted during the May 22 broadcast, when 4 percent of respondents said they just didn’t care anymore.


“I’m not surprised as to where are listeners are,” said Kim Charland, Talk-Ten-Tuesday co-host and senior vice president of consulting for Panacea Healthcare Solutions. “This is reflective of our audience and how they are staying the course.

“This shows that there is a large community out there that is not for a two-year implementation, and I think that’s a big reason why CMS went for a one-year delay,” said Alex Bronstein-Moffly, analyst for First Street Research Group and a featured guest during the half-hour broadcast.

Poll Results

“Based upon the AMA pushing for a two-year postponement and even a potential not to implement at all, what is your thought?

The AMA should stop and get on board with everyone else: 77 percent
I agree with the AMA: 10 percent
Somebody just tell me what to do: 9 percent
I really don’t care anymore: 4 percent


Chuck Buck

Chuck Buck is the publisher of ICD10monitor and is the executive producer and program host of Talk Ten Tuesdays.