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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT


The clock’s ticking ICD-10 coming in 2014


This screenshot shows an example of the Simple Solutions software TMA is making available to help physicians switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding. It allows physicians and staff to search by code, description, and key word; create and save commonly used codes; and develop quick-reference conversion lists.


“Physicians should be asking their IT


vendors now who will pay for the ICD- 10 hardware and


software upgrades.”


BY CRYSTAL CONDE


Thanks to objections from the Texas Medical Association and


others, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last year granted physicians a reprieve from switching to the ICD-10 coding system, moving the dead- line from Oct. 1, 2013, to Oct. 1, 2014.


TMA delegates convinced the American Medical Association House of Delegates in November 2011 to go on record opposing ICD-10. At TMA’s insistence, AMA ad- opted a resolution urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) not to adopt ICD-10 because of its “bureaucratic and financial burden on physicians.” The resolution also warned ICD-10 would force many physicians in small practices out of business.


But CMS was only willing to delay implementation for a year, thus, barring some January 2013 TEXAS MEDICINE 37


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