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AMA Statement in Support Of HHS' Intent to Delay ICD-10 Compliance Date

For immediate release:
Feb. 16, 2012

Statement attributable to:
Peter W. Carmel, MD
President, American Medical Association

"The American Medical Association appreciates Secretary Sebelius' swift response to address the AMA's serious concerns with ICD-10 implementation. The timing of the ICD-10 transition could not be worse for physicians as they are spending significant financial and administrative resources implementing electronic health records in their practices and trying to comply with multiple quality and health information technology programs that include penalties for noncompliance. Burdens on physician practices need to be reduced - not created - as the nation's health care system undertakes significant payment and delivery reforms.

We look forward to having a productive dialogue with the administration regarding the impact of ICD-10 and decreasing unnecessary hassles for physicians so they can take care of their patients."

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