Physician Practice

Alabama Senate joins anti-ICD-10 bandwagon

Physician Practice Insider, June 30, 2015

The Alabama state Senate passed a Joint Resolution urging Congress to delay the October 1, 2015 ICD-10 implementation. In and of itself, the resolution means very little. States cannot override the federal government, so Alabama can’t opt out of ICD-10. If a majority of states pass similar resolutions, though, that could catch Congress’ attention.
 
The resolution follows a disturbing trend. The American Medical Association (AMA) has been very vocal this week renewing its opposition to ICD-10. The House of Delegates voted to request a two-year grace period on ICD-10 codes that would allow physician practices to be paid even if they make coding errors. The AMA also resolved to explain how to break payer contracts and move to a cash-only practice.
 
Alabama’s state medical association posted a blog entry encouraging a delay in ICD-10 implementation. In the post, the medical association again raises the specter of more codes and what a burden those additional codes will be.
 
Read the full article by Michelle Leppert on HCPro’s ICD-10 Trainer blog.

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