New York, Florida, Texas and California Medical Associations ask CMS for ICD-10 Grace Period

letterstatesAs the countdown to ICD-10 continues, the opposition to transition is heating up. The latest push comes from the 4 largest medical associations in the United States. In a letter to Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator for CMS, groups from New York, Florida, Texas and California urge the organization to institute a two-year grace period before penalties related to the ICD-10 coding begin.

The letter states that the mandatory implementation of ICD-10 is a “looming disaster” with the potential to bankrupt many small practices.  The group lacks confidence that the nation will be ready when we “throw the switch” Oct. 1st, saying that even the most prepared practices worry about confusion and productivity losses.

The letter specifically asks CMS for the following:

  • A two-year period during which physicians will not be penalized for errors, mistakes, and/or malfunctions of the system;
  • A two-year period in which physicians will not be subject to RAC audits related to ICD-10 coding mistakes;
  • A two-year period during which physician payments will not be reduced or withheld based on ICD-10 coding mistakes; and
  • Advance payments in the event that claims are delayed.

The 4 Associations represent 125,000 member physicians and students. Click here to view the full letter.

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