Daymarck, an outsourced home health medical coding firm, is calling out the American Medical Association for misplaced priorities following AMA members' adoption of a resolution to fight implementation of the ICD-10 code sets.

In a blog posting on its Web site, the company contends the AMA stance of opposing ICD-10 so physicians can keep their focus on patients is not justified. "While physicians have to document diagnoses for each patient encounter, this ultimately would not change the physicians' focus on their patients. They rarely are responsible for the final submission of codes prior to billing. This should be the responsibility of certified medical coders to ensure accuracy."

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