Docs' Resistance To New Codes May Derail Reform Efforts

Law360, New York (June 26, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT) -- As doctors continue to dig their heels in against updating increasingly obsolete medical codes, experts and government officials say further delay will only increase costs down the road and will put a serious crimp in efforts to reform the health care system.

U.S. doctors, hospitals and insurers, including Medicare, have been using the ICD-9 coding system since 1979. The 33-year-old codes are outdated, and federal regulators want all parties to move to the next edition of the International Classification of Diseases, ICD-10, in 2014.

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