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AMA Response to CMS Proposal to Postpone the ICD-10 Implementation Date

For immediate release:
April 9, 2012

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

"The American Medical Association and physicians across the nation appreciate that CMS has proposed delaying the ICD-10 implementation date to October 1, 2014. The postponement is the first of many steps that regulators need to take to reduce the number of costly, time-consuming regulatory burdens that physicians are shouldering.

"The AMA is reviewing today's proposed rule and will issue formal comments to CMS on the delayed ICD-10 deadline, as well as the standard unique health plan identifier proposed in the same rule. A robust unique health plan identifier is an administrative simplification solution that has the potential to bring about significant cost-savings by eliminating the ambiguity that makes health care transactions so costly today.

"For more information on the AMA's administration simplification agenda and recommended solutions, please visit: www.ama-assn.org/go/simplify."

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