Survey: Industry Behind on ICD-10 Readiness
April 12—The healthcare industry is not making the needed amount of progress for a smooth transition to ICD-10 in October 2014, according to an ICD-10 industry readiness survey from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI).
WEDI—an adviser to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on healthcare IT—collected survey responses from nearly 1,000 providers, health plans, and vendors.
Almost half of the health plans surveyed expect to begin external testing by the end of this year, compared with data from WEDI’s parallel survey in February 2012, in which all health plans had expected to begin external testing in 2013. Meanwhile, about half of the providers surveyed did not know when testing would occur, and more than two-fifths of providers surveyed indicated they did not know when they would complete their ICD-10 impact assessment and business changes.
Of the vendors surveyed, about two-thirds indicated they plan to begin customer review and beta testing by the end of this year.
WEDI submitted the February 2013 survey results to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in a comment letter April 11.
Publication Date: Friday, April 12, 2013