A new blog entry on the Web site of consultancy Beacon Partners takes issue with the American Medical Association's decision to fight implementation of the ICD-10 code set.

Beacon consultant Christine Kalish tells the AMA that "the ICD-10 train has already left the station." She also reminds the association that it worked with other stakeholders to get--and got--a two year extension of the compliance deadline, and then  "led the way in providing resources for physician practices to transition to ICD-10 within the agreed upon timeline."

Kalish makes the case for ICD-10 adoption and why the AMA should get back on board. "It seems that a better solution would be for the AMA to get back on the train and determine how they can improve the transition process rather than try to derail it."

Following the AMA House of Delegates' vote, the chair of AMA's board of trustees tried to temper the expectations of members. Robert Wah, M.D., acknowledged that the delegates set AMA policy and the board implements it.  He characterized the delegate's approved resolution as an "aspirational statement" and added, "Pragmatically, everyone recognizes the limitations of what can be done."

To learn more about the challenges posed by the ICD-10 transition, click here to view a recent HDM slideshow.


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