The American Medical Association reaffirmed its commitment "to vigorously work" against the nationwide adoption of ICD-10 diagnostic and procedural codes while evaluating the feasibility of skipping directly to ICD-11 codes, which are expected to be introduced in 2015.
The AMA House of Delegates adopted a resolution at its annual meeting in Chicago this summer to weigh skipping ICD-10 and debated the issue again Monday during its interim meeting in Honolulu after two related resolutions were put on the meeting's agenda.
A resolution introduced by the Florida delegation cited an $80,000-per-physician implementation cost for ICD-10 and noted that—for all its complexity—ICD-10 does not include codes for genomic information. The resolution called for the AMA to "vigorously advocate" that the CMS "eliminate the implementation of ICD-10" and wait for ICD-11 to be adopted. Other state delegations, such as http://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20120519/MAGAZINE/305199955 Texas', have also fiercely opposed ICD-10 implementation.