Coalition unhappy with AMA president's ICD-10 characterization

The ICD-10 Coalition did not take kindly to American Medical Association President Robert Wah's characterization of ICD-10 as a droid serving Star Wars' antagonist Darth Vader, in an address to AMA's House of Delegates last month.

Wah, at the meeting, called ICD-10 a "hodgepodge" that reduces physicians' time with patients. He added that, for the last 10 years, AMA has been able to keep ICD-10 at bay, and that the association wants to "freeze it in carbonite!"

The coalition called Wah's jokes "unfortunate," adding that the U.S. "continues to rely on an outdated 1970s-era coding system for reporting diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures." Post