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Monday, November 21, 2011

AMA ENDORSES TEXAS' CALL TO STOP ICD-10

The American Medical Association House of Delegates unanimously approved the Texas Delegation’s proposal that AMA “immediately petition the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to stop implementation and development of all new coding and billing standards including ICD-10.” ICD-10 has about 69,000 codes and will replace the 14,000 ICD-9 diagnosis codes currently in use. “The implementation of ICD-10 will create significant burdens on the practice of medicine with no direct benefit to individual patient care," AMA President Peter Carmel, MD, said after the house vote. Just days later, CMS announced it is delaying for 90 days enforcement of the HIPAA 5010 electronic claims standards, which are a necessary prelude to ICD-10 adoption. TMA advises that physicians continue planning to begin HIPAA 5010 on Jan. 1 if you want to get your claims paid. For guidance on both HIPAA 5010 and ICD-10, log on to TMA’s Calendar of Doom.

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