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Pay-per-view: Providers lagging in ICD-10 training should not be tempted to rely on GEMs

APCs Insider, December 12, 2014

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The ICD-10 implementation delay mandated by Congress this spring granted providers an extra year to prepare their coders and clinicians on the requirements of the new code set, but a recent survey has found some organizations heading in the wrong direction.
 
The August 2014 survey by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) of 324 providers, 87 vendors, and 103 health plans found that many organizations are further behind in their plans compared to the results of an October 2013 survey.
 
In the 2013 survey, roughly 50% of providers had completed their initial ICD-10 impact assessment—approximately the same number that had completed the assessment in the 2014 survey. Providers were also delaying their external testing. In the 2013 survey, approximately 60% expected to begin testing by the middle of 2014, but only 33% had begun testing by the latest survey.
 
The survey also found that while providers made progress toward plans for native ICD-10 coding--with approximately 66% planning to do so--the number of providers planning only to crosswalk from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10 doubled. In the 2013 survey, approximately 13% responded they would only use crosswalks. That percentage grew to 25% in the latest survey. Approximately 20% said they plan to use a combination of approaches.
 
Continue reading Providers lagging in ICD-10 training should not be tempted to rely on GEMs on HCPro’s website. Subscribers to Briefings on APCs have free access to this article in the December issue.



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