AMA Asks for 2-Year Delay of ICD-10

In a letter (pdf) to CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, the American Medical Association submitted comments on the proposed ICD-10 timeline and asked CMS to further extend the ICD-10 compliance date to Oct. 1, 2015, "at a minimum."

In April, HHS released a proposed rule that would delay the compliance date of ICD-10 from Oct. 1, 2013, to Oct. 1, 2014. James Madera, MD, executive vice president and CEO of AMA, said a two-year delay would give CMS more time to conduct a full cost-benefit analysis on the administrative and financial impact of ICD-10 on physician practices.

The AMA also suggested CMS bring together all healthcare stakeholders, including hospitals and physicians, to determine whether a full implementation of ICD-10 is the right course of action. "If stakeholders cannot reach consensus on this matter during this two-year delay period, then the move to ICD-10 should be postponed indefinitely," Dr. Madera wrote.

HHS and CMS are compiling all comments for the proposed rule and should issue a final rule within the next few months.

More Articles on ICD-10:

AHA Priorities for 2012: Transform Care, Maintain Resources, Reduce Regulations

HHS Proposes One-Year Delay of ICD-10 to 2014

Health Affairs: ICD-10 Delay Should Be Used to Prepare for ICD-11, SNOMED

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