Bowman added that those concerned about moving from the antiquated coding system, "have had an extensive public debate about ICD-10 over the last 10-15 years, and the federal government has come out with a final regulation to move forward." The government was responsive to those concerns, even delaying implementation by several years.
Lastly, she argues, "It's important to remember that as time marches on, ICD-10 doesn't get any easier or cheaper to implement."
"With meaningful use, electronic health records, value-based purchasing and payment reform, frankly, a lot of us wish we already had ICD-10 in place. If we did, we could be taking advantage of better data today."
The AMA delegates, however, are steadfast. In their resolution they make the following points: