AMA Wants CMS to ‘Reconsider’ ICD-10 Deadline

Armed with a new study showing that anticipated ICD-10 compliance costs for physicians may have tripled since a similar study in 2008, the American Medical Association is asking the federal government to “reconsider” the mandate to adopt the code sets.

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Comments (2)
Why can not CMS provide approved crosswalks for each specialities most common billed codes that MUST be accepted by all insurance carriers? That way 80% of claims would be paid thus helping cash flow. That way everyone could consentrate on the more complicated or lesser used codes. Wouldn't it be easy for all CAC representives to assist in this process? This could be done fairly quickly then all the cost of hiring consultants, who by the way maybe be wrong,to go away also. Also then in 6-12 months have approved crosswalks based on claims experiance at CMS for most codes be published. Drs. would then be use to ICD 10 along with insurance co. dealing with processing them. It's time to do this correct and everyone doing it the same way.
Posted by mackley | Thursday, February 13 2014 at 9:41AM ET
Unfortunately, there cannot be any true crosswalks due to the differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10. Because the ICD-10 codes contain so much more information than ICD-9, you need to go back to the documentation to determine the correct ICD-10 code, not just look at the ICD-9 code.
Posted by STANLEY N | Friday, February 14 2014 at 10:50AM ET
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