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?
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