The American Medical Association in a March 4 letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, along with 99 state and specialty societies, has urged CMS to come up with contingency plans to address their concerns about the potential negative impact of the ICD-10 transition.

The 100 physician groups, including AMA, expressed their concerns to CMS Acting Administrator Andrew Slavitt that there are not sufficient contingency plans in place to avoid serious disruptions that could occur on or after October 1—the ICD-10 implementation deadline. Without these contingency plans, the groups argue the code switchover could result in a “catastrophic” backlog of millions of dollars in unpaid Medicare claims.

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