The American Medical Association, which has fought adoption of the ICD-10 code sets, is seeking feedback from physicians on the readiness of their software vendors to support the codes. The survey is intended to further demonstrate the challenges physicians face in adopting ICD-10," according to the AMA.
A 10-question survey for physicians that also covers vendor readiness for EHR meaningful use is available here. The association continues to argue that the code sets are a costly unfunded mandate and that many physicians may not receive upgrades to their software systems until well into 2014, with the compliance date remaining Oct. 1. Vendor responses to the survey will help support AMA advocacy on the matter, the association says in a statement.
In the meantime, physicians are urged to continue preparing for ICD-10 because it remains a federal mandate, AMA advises. In addition to upgrading billing and claims processing software and EHR systems, physician practices also will need to take such comprehensive measures as testing their updated systems, training staff, and updating payer contracts and fee schedules.
The association offers three free educational resources covering preparing for the transition to ICD-10, implementing a 12-step transition plan, and achieving benefits from administrative simplification requirements, ICD-10 and EHRs. AMA also urges members to ask their federal legislators to support the Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2013, which would stop implementation of ICD-10.
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