HIMSS Survey: Lack of Staffing Resources Greatest Challenge in ICD-10 Conversion

A survey of healthcare IT professionals by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society found respondents' greatest challenge with converting to ICD-10 is a lack of staffing resources, according to a HIMSS Vantage Point report.

Other top challenges 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).  

The HIMSS data also revealed:

- 46 percent of respondents said their greatest concern was revenue loss from a bottleneck of coding issues
- Only 5 percent of respondents said their greatest concern was missing the Oct. 2013 deadline and being penalized
- 73 percent of respondents turn to associations for ICD-10 conversion information
- The lowest percentage (20 percent) of respondents turn to clearinghouses for ICD-10 information

Read the HIMSS Vantage Point report on the ICD-10 conversion (pdf).

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