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The AMA writes a letter to Rep. Ted Poe to support his bill that would delay ICD-10. The AMA says ICD-10 should be skipped in favor of ICD-11, the first draft of which isn’t due until 2017, explaining that EHR implementation work and introduction of new payment models make 2015 a bad time (hint: it’s never a good time). Failing getting ICD-10 overturned, incoming President Steven Stack says providers should be “held harmless,” presumably meaning getting paid by Medicare no matter what they’ve done in failing to prepare themselves despite years of advance notice. Doctors are vendors and I can’t imagine any other vendor angrily telling its customer how it demands to be paid. That’s like telling your employer it’s their problem to pay you correctly even if you refuse to turn in your timesheet or fill it out incorrectly. Or, me calling up the IRS and making snooty demands about my refund check. On the other hand, CMS and both state and federal governments have proven themselves to be predictably inept at health IT and claims payment rollouts, so I’d be worried too. I’m surprised an insurance company hasn’t offered ICD-10 interruption insurance to practices, although that might indicate that the risk is too high for underwriting.

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From Faraway: “Re: Allscripts layoffs. Two since the first of the year. On May 15, they started tapping people on the shoulder, with 40 well-seasoned support analysts terminated from the US help desk. The heck with quality service to the thousands of customers who pay software maintenance every month – they will have to fend for themselves and deal with the language barriers that come with offshore support. Many employees feel other departments will be hit Monday morning.” Several folks have emailed about Allscripts layoffs last week, with the number most often mentioned being 250 people. Regular Reader says it was mostly Touchworks people but also some working on Sunrise. The writing was on the wall given last week’s executive comments during the quarterly earnings call, in which professional services revenue was announced as down and not expected to fully recover anytime soon, the company sold only two new Sunrise accounts and those were 50-bed hospitals, and stock analysts were told that the $6 million in Q1 severance payments won’t end there. You made a big mistake if you bought MDRX shares five years ago – they’ve dropped 27 percent while the Nasdaq was jumping 127 percent. A $10,000 investment in MDRX shares in May 2010 would be worth $7,342 today while the same money spent on Cerner shares would have yielded $32,173.

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