BC Advantage - 2012 Issue 9

U.S. Senator Calls for Congressional Hearings on ICD-10

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, MD (R-Oklahoma) is calling for congressional hearings on the effectiveness of ICD-10. In a white paper posted to his website, the senator writes that "congressional committees should hold hearings on ICD-10, evaluating the cost-benefit of this mandate from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)." Coburn suggested that highlighting the costs for providers and patients will, in his words, outweigh any "marginal benefits."Coburn's white paper follows the May 10 letter from James L. Madera, MD, the executive vice president and CEO of the American Medical Association (AMA), to acting...

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