AMA Chief Asks Boehner to Stop ICD-10

Madara's letter (PDF) echoes a resolution that the AMA's House of Delegates passed in November to resist ICD-10 and rally physicians against "its unnecessary and significant burdens on the practice of medicine."

Madara said the ICD-10 mandate "will create significant burdens on the practice of medicine with no direct benefit to individual patient care, and will compete with other costly transitions associated with the quality and health IT reporting program." He added that the timing of the transition "could not be worse as many physicians are currently spending significant time and resources implementing electronic health records (EHR) into their practices."

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Source: Modern Healthcare

Dr. James Madara, executive vice president and CEO of the American Medical Association (AMA), has asked House Speaker John Boehner to stop the federally mandated implementation upgrade in October 2013 of the International Classification of Diseases 10th Revision of diagnostic and procedural codes "and to call on stakeholders to assess an appropriate replacement for ICD-9."

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