Referred to: Reference Committee No. 1 – Timothy M. Beittel, MD, Chair
WHEREAS, the United States Government, through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has proposed conversion from ICD-9CM to ICD-10 effective October 1, 2013; and
WHEREAS, the cost of conversion represents a major expenditure in both capital and human resources without demonstrable benefit to patient care or to improvement in physician practices; and
WHEREAS, the current technology systems in place have demonstrated challenges to efficient conversion to the new system, including challenges with information transfer; and
WHEREAS, the implementation of the new system will require extensive education and training of physicians and support staff without reimbursement by the recruiting agencies; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the North Carolina Medical Society opposes implementation of ICD-10 which lacks sufficient evidence to show that the improvement in cost-effective patient care outweighs the anticipated burden to physicians, other health care entities, or patients. (policy)
Fiscal Note: No additional funding above current resources estimated. Current resources will be allocated based on the priorities of the Society and the NCMS budget.