Tuesday, July 7, 2015

More doctors organizations oppose the switch

The state medical societies of the four largest states in the country--California, Texas, Florida, and New York--have announced new opposition to the switch to ICD-10-CM.  In their letter (warning: PDF) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the four societies state ...mandatory implementation of the ICD-10-CM coding system is a looming disaster.  They note that simpler transitions to the HIPAA 5010 standard (a pre-requisite to ICD-10-CM) and the National Provider Identifier both had ...voluminous technical problems...

They end by saying: We remain steadfast in our belief that the ICD-10 coding system offers no real advantages to physicians and our patients — and certainly no advantages to justify the time and expense the entire health care system has invested in this transition.  As we have documented here, they are correct.  We should stop the switch.

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