TMA Persuades AMA to Block ICD-10 Switch

Spurred by its Texas members, the American Medical Association House of Delegates voted to oppose a federal mandate that physicians switch to the ICD-10 claims-coding system in 2013. At its interim meeting in New Orleans, the AMA house adopted a Texas Medical Association resolution asking 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."

AMA delegates voted to direct AMA to "vigorously work to stop the implementation of ICD-10 and to reduce its unnecessary and significant burdens on the practice of medicine," and to "work with other national and state medical and informatics associations to assess an appropriate replacement for ICD-9."

"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 in urging the committee to support the resolution. "It will be disastrous for those who are our members, and they will ask, 'Why didn't the AMA do something?' Those who 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 estimated ICD-10 implementation costs for a three-physician practice are $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.

The North Carolina, Nebraska, Alabama, and Mississippi delegations, and the urology caucus, cosponsored the resolution with TMA.

 If the government doesn't listen, TMA's Calendar of Doom can help you prepare for ICD-10.


Action, Nov. 15, 2011


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