Health Information Management

WEDI survey reveals ICD-10 uncertainty

HIM-HIPAA Insider, April 13, 2015

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by Jaclyn Fitzgerald, Editor

In a letter to HHS, the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) summarized the findings of its February 2015 ICD-10 readiness survey, which revealed uncertainty among providers, vendors, and health plans.
WEDI has conducted ICD-10 readiness surveys since 2009. The 2015 survey yielded responses from 1,174 industry professionals, more than twice the number of August 2014 respondents. Uncertainty about further ICD-10 delays ranked as one of the major implementation concerns for respondents.
All respondents have started vendor development related to ICD-10. More than one-third of respondents completed this step and approximately 85% are half way through this process. These results are similar to those of the 2014 survey, indicated that the ICD-10 delay did not encourage healthcare professionals to make much progress in this area. Approximately 60% of respondents said their vendor products are available or they had begun customer testing, which is a slight decrease from 2014.
Approximately 80% of health plans completed impact assessments, which is an increase from 2014. More than half of health plans responding have started external testing.
More than one-third of providers completed their impact assessment, which is a decrease from 2014 when more than half reported completing this task. One-quarter of provider respondents have started external testing.
WEDI concluded that the ICD-10 delay negatively impacted readiness and many did not take advantage of the additional time the delay offered.


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