The American Medical Association (AMA) says federal regulators should give physicians at least 2 extra years to adopt a new diagnostic code system, not just 1 extra year.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced last week that it will push the diagnostic code shift implementation date back to Oct. 1, 2014, from Oct. 1, 2013.
The diagnostic code shift postponement final rule is set to appear in the Federal Register Sept. 5.
The AMA, Chicago, says members welcome the 1-year reprieve but need more help.
The diagnostic code shift will be coming “at a time when physicians are dealing with the implementation of multiple Medicare incentive and penalty programs,” the AMA says in a statement. “Physicians are also already trying to engage in new delivery and payment models.”