Skip to content Skip to navigation

AMA Calls for Longer ICD-10 Compliance Delay

May 14, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints

The American Medical Association (AMA) has sent a letter to the acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Marilyn B. Tavenner, asking for a longer delay time period to the ICD-10 transition compliance date. While AMA says it welcomes the proposed extension in the compliance deadline for ICD-10 from Oct. 1, 2013 to Oct. 1, 2014, it urgesCMS to further extend the ICD-10 deadline at a minimum to Oct. 1, 2015.

According to the AMA, “two-year delay of the compliance deadline for ICD-10 is a necessary first step.” The physician-based advocate group says an extended delay would “provide CMS with adequate time to pursue a much needed cost-benefit analysis of the full ICD-10 move that covers the administrative and financial impact of the ICD-10 move on physician practices.” The current delay does not provide CMS with adequate time to fully examine the appropriate scope of ICD-10 and true costs to physician practices, the group says. The group also made a suggestion for what to do doing during the delay.

“During this time, we also urge CMS to institute a process to engage all relevant stakeholders including physicians to assess whether an alternative code set approach is more appropriate than the full implementation of ICD-10. While a number of other countries have implemented ICD-10, they have done so with a modified version of the code set and often with substantial government support,” the AMA stated in the letter.

Along with citing other health IT deadlines, AMA calls ICD-10 a massive administrative and financial undertaking for physicians, and says costs could range from $83,290 to more than $2.7 million. It cites experiences in Canada and studies on the transition to ICD-10 show a severe risk for claims processing and payment disruptions.

Topics

Comments

ICD-10 deadline to be pushed back a year? What are the implications of the delay?

Hi there,

Here's an earlier update on the compliance delay:

http://www.healthcare-informatics.com/news-item/breaking-hhs-proposes-one-year-delay-icd-10-compliance

This just confirms my opinion that AMA is trying to delay implementation indefinitely and has no intent of accepting the transition from ICD9 to ICD10. One wonders what is really behind their intent - the richness of the ICD10 code set for analytics and reporting serve only to improve the clinical information available.

The AMA is correct in speaking up in our behalf. I just had to write another check to our vendor to upgrade. And what do I get as a doc, lower reimbursements in the future that I can't do one single thing about. This is not like other industries, we'll all realize what it means a few years when all the docs are employed and not working for you the patient but rather the "system".

I love reading through an article that can make men and women think. Also, thanks for allowing for me to comment!

Pages

News

Memorial Health Care Systems, Bryan Health Partner on Virtual Care for Rural Nebraska Patients

August 24, 2016
Memorial Health Care Systems (MHCS) has partnered with Lincoln, Neb.-based Bryan Health to launch Memorial eVisit, a virtual care platform to provide healthcare services to rural Nebraska patients.

OIG Identifies Security Vulnerabilities in CMS’s Wireless Networks

August 24, 2016
A penetration test of data centers operated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services found vulnerabilities in security controls over its wireless networks.

Survey: CIOs Prioritize Enterprise Imaging Strategies, but Interoperability Remains Core Challenge

August 24, 2016
Although imaging has now evolved into a core responsibility for an organization’s IT staff, more than half of responding CIOs said they cannot yet move imaging data between systems and applications, according to a new survey of CHIME members.

Sansum Clinic Recognized for Reaching HIMSS Stage 6 for Ambulatory EHR

August 23, 2016
Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Sansum Clinic has been recognized for achieving Stage 6 on the EMR Adoption Model, or EMRAM, as designated by HIMSS Analytics.

ONC Releases 2017 Draft Interoperability Standards Advisory

August 23, 2016
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has issued its draft Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA) for 2017 for public comment.

Survey: Hospital IT Execs Fearful of Mobile Security Threats

August 23, 2016
More than eight in 10 (82 percent) hospitals surveyed by Spyglass Consulting Group expressed grave concerns about their ability to support and protect mobile devices, patient data, and the hospital’s technology infrastructure as a result of the growing threat of cybersecurity attacks.

CommonWell Members Give Patients Access to their Health Data

August 23, 2016
The CommonWell Health Alliance announced today that members will be giving patients access to their health data for the first time via the CommonWell network.

Southern California Health Centers Receive $1.5 Million HHS Grant to Improve Health IT Adoption

August 22, 2016
Health Centers Partners of Southern California, a consortium of community health centers in San Diego, Riverside and Imperial counties, received a $1.5 million federal grant to improve patient care through the use of technology.

HHS Delivers Telehealth Progress Report to Congress

August 22, 2016
Following up on a Congressional request, HHS has issued a report providing an update on the department’s current telehealth efforts, largely focusing on how delivery system reform initiatives may increase its use.

Apple Has Acquired Personal Health Data Startup Gliimpse

August 22, 2016
Apple has expanded its investment in digital health with the acquisition of personal health data startup Gliimpse, which occurred earlier this year, according to Fast Company reports.

Mayo Clinic Expands Emergency Telemedicine Services

August 22, 2016
Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic is implementing a new telemedicine strategy and will converge its emergency telemedicine practice in order to provide scalable, standardized services across its nationwide telemedicine enterprise.

OCR Announces Initiative to Focus Investigations on Smaller Data Breaches

August 22, 2016
As healthcare organizations of all sizes are impacted by data theft, ransomware and privacy violations, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) plans to devote more resources to investigating smaller breaches.

CMS to End ICD-10 Grace Period on October 1

August 22, 2016
After announcing last year that it would not deny Medicare physician claims for 12 months as long as the ICD-10 code was “from the right family,” the CMS has said that the grace period for healthcare providers will expire on Oct.1, 2016.

Study: Socioeconomic Digital Divide Remains in Personal Health Record Use

August 19, 2016
More patients are using personal health records (PHRs), yet there are socioeconomic disparities in the adoption of PHRs and patient portals to access health records, according to a study published in the American Journal of Managed Care.

NIH Survey Respondents Give Positive Feedback to Precision Medicine Cohort Program

August 19, 2016
A majority of respondents to a recent National Institutes of Health (NIH) survey said they would likely participate in the NIH's Precision Medicine cohort program.

Pages