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1 Initiatives of the American Medical Association -- The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands!! ICD-10 Update Physicians being Regulated out of Business OSMAP – W. Jeff Terry, MD

2 ICD-10 Timeline * International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is copyrighted by the World Health Organization (WHO) in its 10 th revision. * Primary purpose is for vital statistics and epidemiological tracking of illness and injury. * 1900: ICD-1 first published and tracked causes of death * 1979: ICD-9 in US - primary reference for M&M statistics * 2009: CMS publishes final rule: ICD-10 in October, 2013 * Feb 16, 2012: CMS delays ICD-10 until October, 2014 ICD-10 Timeline * International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is copyrighted by the World Health Organization (WHO) in its 10 th revision. * Primary purpose is for vital statistics and epidemiological tracking of illness and injury. * 1900: ICD-1 first published and tracked causes of death * 1979: ICD-9 in US - primary reference for M&M statistics * 2009: CMS publishes final rule: ICD-10 in October, 2013 * Feb 16, 2012: CMS delays ICD-10 until October, 2014

3 ICD-10 Benefits * Improves ability to measure health care services. * Supports improved public health surveillance. * Improved data for epidemiological research. * Better comparison of mortality and morbidity data * ICD-10 Benefits * Improves ability to measure health care services. * Supports improved public health surveillance. * Improved data for epidemiological research. * Better comparison of mortality and morbidity data * There has never been a peer-reviewed study clearly demonstrating that requiring all doctors and hospitals to switch to either EMR’s or ICD-10 will decrease errors or improve patient care. But that doesn’t stop Washington and others with undisclosed financial conflicts of interest from repeating these claims over and over again to push their agenda.

4 Expansion in number of diagnosis codes * ICD-9-CM * ICD-10-CM 69,368 codes * Codes 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 characters both alpha and numeric Expansion in number of diagnosis codes * ICD-9-CM 14,433 codes * ICD-10-CM 69,368 codes * Codes 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 characters both alpha and numeric * Various code comparisons: sprained ankle: ICD-9 4 and ICD urethral stricture: ICD-9 6 and ICD phimosis: ICD-9 1 and ICD-10 8 infertility: ICD-9 4 and ICD-10 25

5 Key cost impacts fall in six areas by AMA study - Staff Education & Training - Business-Process Analysis of Health Plan Contracts, etc. - Changes to “Superbills” and a new claim form software - IT System Changes - Increased Documentation Costs - Cash Flow Disruption - All of this is from $84,000 to > $1 million ($23,000 per physician )

6 Transition to ICD-10-CM * Encounters that take place on or after October 1, 2014 are reported with ICD-10-CM codes. * Encounters that take place before October 1, 2014 are reported with ICD-9-CM codes. * You will have to run simultaneous systems of ICD-9 and ICD-10 until all your claims from before October 1, 2014 have cleared. * ICD-10 is mandated by the Dept of HHS and is required for all health care providers, billing agencies, clearinghouses, and payors, not just Medicare and Medicaid. Transition to ICD-10-CM * Encounters that take place on or after October 1, 2014 are reported with ICD-10-CM codes. * Encounters that take place before October 1, 2014 are reported with ICD-9-CM codes. * You will have to run simultaneous systems of ICD-9 and ICD-10 until all your claims from before October 1, 2014 have cleared. * ICD-10 is mandated by the Dept of HHS and is required for all health care providers, billing agencies, clearinghouses, and payors, not just Medicare and Medicaid.

7 What about ICD-11 ?? * Internet-based permanent platform * 2013 The Beta version is available for public comment * 2014 Submission to World Health Assembly 2015 Planned release date 20?? U.S. version What about ICD-11 ?? * Internet-based permanent platform * 2013 The Beta version is available for public comment * 2014 Submission to World Health Assembly * 2015 Planned release date * 20?? U.S. version

8 Professionalism Professionalism - the status of being considered a true professional, is not a technical or legal distinction. Rather it is a social contract between a group (in this case physicians) and society that is based on trust. The social contract carries with it certain responsibilities and corresponding privileges as follows: Responsibilities Privileges - To establish and continuously advance a valid body of - Recognition and respect as a learned individual (or group) knowledge that is applied for the public good. who acts for the public good and contributes to society. - To share knowledge freely among the members of the - Freedom to determine the standards of training, conduct, and profession and make it available for public scrutiny practice from within the profession rather than being subject (i.e., not monopolize it for purposes of gainful leverage). to externally generated standards and enforcement. - To maintain professional capability within acceptable - Freedom to exercise professional judgment in the application limits of the current state of the art through lifelong of the body of knowledge without external judgment except participation in continuing education. by one’s peers. - To establish, maintain, and apply standards of - Freedom to earn a living from the practice of one’s profession educational practice that are aimed at assuring excellence. and to establish the basis for the economic relationship with those being served without external interference. - To establish and adhere to a code of behavior (ethics) that may be more demanding than prevailing civil law. - To adhere to service as a fundamental ethic that puts the Are we losing our profession? I dare say we have interests of those being served ahead of self-interest, and lost the bottom three privileges above. I believe it to act as an advocate of those being served. will take a change in physician attitudes, more involvement in organized medicine and increased - To contribute to society beyond the practice of the profession leadership in the community to preserve our per se by being active in the community. profession for the next generation. We need to think about the future in everything we do and not - To engage in debate, self examination, and the correction of just the present. deficiencies on a voluntary and continuing basis. - To do all of the above in a spirit of caring and respect for the dignity of those being served.

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10 Dinosaur Principles * Freedom of choice * Hard work * Responsibility * Consequences * Sacrifice * Compassion for others

11 Dinosaur Principles * The individual is unique * The individual is sovereign * Individual choice produces the greatest good for the greatest number of people (How do rigid protocols, mandates, government controls and guidelines promote individualism with freedom of choice, responsibility, and consequences?)

12 AMA & AHIMA at odds on ICD-10 While the AMA is calling for a halt to ICD-10, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is countering by urging all to stay the course toward the Oct. 1, 2014 deadline. The AMA asked Secretary Kathleen Sebelius “to make good on its commitment to improve the regulatory climate for physicians, and immediately halt the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) required implementation of ICD-10, as well as re-evaluate the penalty program timelines associated with the numerous Medicare health IT programs underway today.” However, AHIMA argued for staying the course on ICD-10 saying it would improve quality of care, provide important public health surveillance, support modern-day research, and move to a payment system based on quality and outcomes. None of these statements have been proven to be true.American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

13 CMS Rejects the AMA’s Request to Halt ICD-10 Based on 2nd Resolution

14 The Philosophy Behind ICD-10 and Health Care Reform seems to be:

15 Four Questions Washington Should Answer? * What is being done to give some relief to physicians in this administrative and regulatory nightmare? * Why implement ICD-10 during the middle of implementing the Affordable Care Act and what has been your response to the AMA’s concern that this will put many small rural medical practices out of business? * Why is CMS now giving more weight in the ICD-10 argument to those in industry who will financially benefit from this law and not understand the plight of physicians who will be paying for this implementation with their own time and finances in an already stressful governmental healthcare regulated environment? * Why not put increased efforts into ICD-11 and plan to make these changes in the early 2020’s after the Affordable Care Act has been implemented? Four Questions Washington Should Answer? * What is being done to give some relief to physicians in this administrative and regulatory nightmare? * Why implement ICD-10 during the middle of implementing the Affordable Care Act and what has been your response to the AMA’s concern that this will put many small rural medical practices out of business? * Why is CMS now giving more weight in the ICD-10 argument to those in industry who will financially benefit from this law and not understand the plight of physicians who will be paying for this implementation with their own time and finances in an already stressful governmental healthcare regulated environment? * Why not put increased efforts into ICD-11 and plan to make these changes in the early 2020’s after the Affordable Care Act has been implemented?

16 The Cost of Technology ElizabethToll, MD JAMA June 20, 2012 copyright 2011 Thomas G. Murphy, MD

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