The AMA and the ICD-10

Finally, the AMA did something right!  They have adopted a resolution to try and stop of the implementation of ICD-10, which would be used in place of the current ICD-9.  For those that don’t know, doctors bill for services using CPT codes but use the ICD codes to record patient diagnoses.  The idiots in charge decided to increase the number of codes in the ICD9 from 14,000 to about 83,000 (other sources says 140,000).  This is done to industrialize medicine even more and break patients down into numbers and not people.  Anyway, I had fun mocking some of these codes before so let me refresh your memory.

If you want to play with this moronic idea then go to this link and just start putting in terms.  You will find codes for EVERYTHING.  I found 3 codes related to walking into a lamppost.  Enjoy and then come to the realization, like I did, that the people running our healthcare system are idiots.

By the way, the Medical Group Management Assn. estimates that implementing ICD-10 would cost a three-physician practice $85,000.  Who doesn’t have that lying around?   To me this would be a good test to see if the AMA as anything left in the tank.   I won’t hold my breath, though.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  2 comments for “The AMA and the ICD-10

  1. Kristin (mildly annoyed scientist)
    December 21, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    My vote goes for V9107XD Burn due to water-skis on fire, subsequent encounter. What would Jeff Foxworthy say, “you know you’re a redneck if you burn yourself twice on flameing waterskis behind the bass boat”

  2. Fred, RN
    December 18, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    I really like ICD-10 V9542XD
    “Forced landing of spacecraft injuring occupant, subsequent encounter”

    For those close encounters of the 4th kind? I didn’t know we could bill for that??!

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