- Physicians will not be penalized for errors, mistakes, and/or malfunctions of the system; and
- Physician payments will not be reduced or withheld based on ICD-10 coding mistakes.
Coming next will be a call for physicians to write Congress to ask our senators and representatives to push CMS on the grace period. “The bottom line is that ICD-10 will significantly overwhelm physician practices with a 400-percent increase in the number of codes physicians must use for diagnosis, which will take time away from the valuable one-on-one patient-physician interface that is the hallmark of taking the best care of patients,” said AMA Trustee Russ Kridel, MD, of Houston. “Coding and billing protocols should never get in the way of patients receiving high-quality care.”