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General Surgery Coding Alert

ICD-10 Outlook:
See How AMA and Provider Feedback Impact ICD-10 Delay

Don't let changes catch your surgery practice by surprise.CMS hasn't made a final announcement about the proposed ICD-10 implementation delay from Oct. 1, 2013 to Oct. 1, 2014, but that doesn't mean all has been quiet on the diagnosis coding front. Plenty of professionals have taken the CMS "comment period" as an opportunity to sound off about the code set change.With remarks coming from heavy-hitters like the American Medical Association (AMA), we thought you should hear some of the chatter that might sway the CMS decision. Notice AMA's ICD-10 DispleasureNot only did the AMA applaud CMS's proposed one year ICD-10 implementation delay, the agency went even further in a letter to CMS on the subject: "We strongly urge CMS to further extend the ICD-10 deadline at a minimum to October 1, 2015," wrote AMA CEO James L. Madara, MD. "A two-year delay of the compliance deadline for ICD-10 is a [...]

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