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Monday, November 14, 2011


The American Medical Association should move now to stop the federal government from requiring physicians and health care providers to switch to the onerous ICD-10 documentation system, Texas physicians argued at the Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, which convened this weekend in New Orleans. “ICD-10 is going to be an absolute disaster in implementation for the physicians of this country,” TMA Trustee David Teuscher, MD, of Beaumont told the AMA Reference Committee on Legislation. “It will be disastrous for those who are our members, and they will ask, 'Why didn't the AMA do something?' Those that are not our members will say, 'See, the AMA didn't do something.' It is time for the AMA to stand up and say 'no' to the implementation of ICD-10.” He said that ICD-10 implementation costs for a three-physician practice are estimated to be $83,000 per doctor, and $28,500 per physician for a 10-doctor practice. Watch a video of Dr. Teuscher’s testimony to the reference committee. He spoke in support of a Texas resolution that asks AMA to “immediately petition the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to stop implementation and development of all new coding and billing standards including ICD-10.” Just in case this fails, TMA’s Calendar of Doom can help you prepare for ICD-10.

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