The Great ICD-10 Debate: Healthcare Coding Transforms
Healthcare's move to ICD-10, an updated set of diagnosis and inpatient procedure codes, will affect everything from billing systems to medical records. After several delays, debate still rages on how to time the transition.
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The American Medical Association is one of the groups opposed to ICD-10. In letters to the HHS heads and Congress, the AMA has cited burdens that the ICD-10 transition puts on medical practices, especially as the code conversion work is taking place at a time when healthcare providers are faced with many other regulatory and health IT related mandates.
The AMA was among that groups that lobbied HHS to change its stance on ICD-10. Pictured above is the first page of a letter sent by AMA to HHS in February, citing the group's displeasure with ICD-10 and urging the agency to rethink its ICD-10 plans.
In part, it states: "In the wake of this onslaught of overlapping regulatory mandates and reporting requirements, HHS has an opportunity to ease the burdens on physician practices by halting the implementation of ICD-10 and calling on appropriate stakeholders, including physicians, hospitals, [and] payers to assess an appropriate replacement for ICD-9 within a reasonable timeframe."
While HHS is upholding the U.S. transition to ICD-10, the agency did propose in April to postpone the ICD-10 compliance deadline one year to Oct. 1, 2014.