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AMA Renews Call for ICD-10 Contingencies
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Less than 100 days before the federally mandated switch to the ICD-10 diagnostic code, the American Medical Association is renewing its call for contingency plans to ensure that physicians struggling to meet the Oct. 1 implementation are not unfairly penalized, nor care disrupted.

“This transition to ICD-10, if it goes forward on Oct. 1, and that appears to be the current trajectory, [means] it is absolutely imperative that there is better end-to-end testing, a grace period, and hardship exemptions in place,” says recently elected AMA President Steven J. Stack, MD.