Two More Years


The AMA is actually trying to be useful again.  Go figure. Their House of Delegates recently voted to lobby lawmakers and CMS for a two-year grace period to avoid complying with the ICD-10 transition deadline in October 2014.   If you don’t know, the switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets means that health care providers and insurers will have to change out about 14,000 codes for about 69,000 codes.   This behemoth of a coding system doesn’t make healthcare better.  It just creates more administrator and statistician jobs all the while giving doctors more clerical work to do.  May I remind you how important it is to correctly code an injury when walking into a lamp post?  By the way, the AMA tried the same thing 2 years ago and it worked.   But why keep trying to delay it?  How about just getting rid of this mess?

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 “Two More Years

  1. Bruce Bonanno
    July 10, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Hasn’t the AMA created the ICD-9 AND 10?
    Don’t they get paid for the use of it?

    • Bruce Bonanno
      July 10, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      OOps my mistake! WHO created them both!

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