Physician practices behind on ICD-10 readiness, survey reports

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Only about 20 percent of physician practices have started or completed external testing for ICD-10 implementation, according to a survey conducted by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange.

Conversely, almost 75 percent of hospitals and health systems reported having started or completed external testing and 90 percent of those reported they would be ICD-10 compliant by the Oct. 1 deadline.

"While much of the industry is nearing readiness, nearly one-quarter of physician practice respondents said they will not be ready by the October 1, 2015 deadline and another one-quarter were unsure," said Jim Daley, WEDI past-chair and ICD-10 Workgroup co-chair. "Without a dedicated and aggressive effort to complete implementation activities in the time remaining, this lack of readiness may lead to disruption in claims processing."

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