10 Recent Survey Findings About ICD-10

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The following findings are compiled from surveys by Contexo Media, J.A. Thomas & Associates and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

- 63.8 percent of respondents have not started training staff on ICD-10 although 68.5 percent said their staff needs training in anatomy and physiology for the new coding system. Source: Contexo Media

- 52.6 percent of respondents do not have a trainer on staff and 62.8 percent have not had staff attend any ICD-10 seminars. However, only 31.5 percent of respondents said their staff does not need training to meet the new model's increased need for anatomy and physiology knowledge and only 30.8 percent said they will not train their physicians on ICD-10. Source: Contexo Media

- 74.3 percent of respondents said gaining physician buy-in and then training physicians were their greatest challenge in preparing for ICD-10. Source: J.A. Thomas & Associates

- 50 percent of the respondents who said they are not currently taking steps towards ICD-10 identified other priorities as the reason; 20 percent said ICD-10 preparedness is not currently a priority. Source: J.A. Thomas & Associates

- 71 percent of respondents have formed an ICD-10 Task Force, but only 50 percent have invested in staff training. Source: J.A. Thomas & Associates

- 71.8 percent of respondents said investing in education and training provides the most benefits, with more than half indicating they need help facilitating medical staff acceptance and endorsement of ICD-10 conversion. Source: J.A. Thomas & Associates

- 33 percent of surveyed healthcare IT professionals said their greatest challenge in converting to ICD-10 is a lack of staffing resources. Source: HIMSS

- Other top challenges for healthcare IT professionals included a lack of synchronization between payors and providers (19 percent), a lack of financial resources (15 percent), an inability to test appropriately to ensure compliance with guidelines/regulations (10 percent), changes in regulations from the federal government (9 percent) and inadequate guidelines from health plans and clearinghouses (5 percent). Source: HIMSS

- 48 percent of surveyed healthcare provider organizations said implementing ICD-10/CPT-10 is their top financial IT priority for 2011. Source: HIMSS

- Other top priorities for healthcare provider organizations included upgrading patient billing system information (14 percent) and upgrading the patient access system (4 percent). Source: HIMSS

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