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ICD-10: CMS Agrees to Limited End-to-End Testing

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, February 20, 2014

ICD-10 is scheduled to go live on Oct. 1, despite the complaints from many in the provider community that they aren't ready. The American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association have called for delays in ICD-10 implementation or at least more comprehensive end-to-end testing to allow providers, payers and software vendors to more thoroughly test their systems.

The AMA last week released a study it sponsored showing that projected physicians' implementation costs for the federally mandated ICD-10 medical coding set will be as much as three times higher than initial estimates. Along with the study, AMA President Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, released a copy of the letter she sent to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asking her to "strongly" reconsider the ICD-10 mandate.

On Wednesday, Hoven offered guarded praise of CMS's decision to conducted limited end-to-end testing.

"While the AMA is pleased by the federal government's decision today to conduct end-to-end ICD-10 testing, the AMA continues to urge CMS to reconsider the ICD-10 mandate during a time when physicians are struggling to keep up with many other costly, federal mandates," Hoven said in prepared remarks.

"The AMA urges CMS to conduct the testing as soon as possible and to ensure that there is an adequate sample which includes a variety of different sized medical practices and specialties."

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