Recent upsets in the world of health legislation have seen a possible new means of defeating ICD-10 entirely emerge. The Cutting Costly Codes Act of 2015 could stop the new coding standard, and the new president of the American Medical Association (AMA), Steven Stack, told Healthcare Finance that his organization "strongly supports" the new legislation. Going even further, he said that the medical industry should "get to ICD-11 and get it done properly" instead of sticking to the October 1 deadline for ICD-10.
As the source points out, ICD-11 has not been officially drafted yet and isn't expected to be for two more years. All the same, Stack said there are currently too many problems associated with ICD-10 to make it worth pursuing. He told the source there should at least be a grace period for providers if the Department of Health and Human Services continues with the current planned deadline.
The Executive Vice President and CEO of the AMA, Dr. James Madara, recently sent a letter of support to representative Ted Poe, who has introduced the new legislation that would end ICD-10 altogether.
"Implementation will not only affect physician claims submission; it will impact most business processes within a physician's practice, including verifying patient eligibility, obtaining pre-authorization for services, documentation of the patient's visit, research activities, public health reporting, and quality reporting," he said of ICD-10. "This will require education, software, coder training, and testing with payers." A key part of the opposition to ICD-10 for both the Association and Representative Poe lies in the 68,000 codes it involves.
These tasks for ICD-10 preparation won't necessarily be a burden on healthcare providers if they have skilled healthcare IT consulting specialists offering assistance through compliance consulting services.