If the federal government is going to make doctors shift to the new ICD-10 diagnostic coding system, it should find a way to pay for the shift.
A committee at the American Medical Association (AMA) has made that argument in a packet prepared for the medical association’s House of Delegates interim meeting in National Harbor, Md.
The panel says the AMA should “seek federal legislative and regulatory reform to require funding assistance be provided to physician practices to alleviate the financial burdens associated with implementation costs, upgrades and staff training necessitated as part of the transition to ICD-10,” the panel says.
The standard now in common use, the ICD-9 standard, was developed in the 1970s. The World Health Organization designated the ICD-10 to be the old standard’s successor back in the 1990s.
The ICD-10 standard includes many more diagnosis codes than the ICD-9 standard.