Survey: Half of Providers Have Completed ICD-10 Impact Assessment

The deadline for healthcare providers to switch to ICD-10 protocol is next October, and many are still behind the curve in the transition.

A new survey from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange found only half of hospitals, health systems and physician practices have completed an ICD-10 impact assessment, which generally details how people, processes and technology will be affected by the switch. A quarter of providers said they do not plan to complete their assessment until sometime next year.

Further, only a little more than 10 percent of providers said they will complete or expect to complete all ICD-10 business changes at their organizations by the end of this year. Twenty percent said business changes probably will not happen until the third quarter of 2014 — the quarter before ICD-10 goes live.

Here are other key findings from WEDI's survey:

•    A little less than 50 percent of providers expect to start internal testing in the first half of 2014.

•    Less than a quarter of providers plan to conduct external testing with health plans and trading partners.

•    The biggest obstacles associated with the ICD-10 transition for providers were staffing, competing priorities, vendor readiness and IT.

•    More than half of providers plan to produce ICD-10 codes directly in claims, a big shift from February when crosswalking from ICD-9 to ICD-10 appeared to be the more commonplace strategy.

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4 Steps Swedish Medical Center is Taking to Prep for ICD-10

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