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Monday, May 6, 2013

POE INTRODUCES BILL TO BLOCK ICD-10

U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Humble) filed legislation to stop the federal government from requiring physicians to use the ICD-10 code set. It also would require a study of a more practical replacement standard for ICD-9. TMA and AMA strongly support this bill because of the extensive costs the ICD-10 transition would impose on physician practices, with no commensurate improvement in patient care. Congressman Poe has received widespread, positive publicity for pointing out that ICD-10 has nine different billing codes for injuries caused by turkeys.

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