June 3—As the healthcare industry moves closer to the deadline for ICD-10 implementation, health information management (HIM) professionals cite the need for more education, increased staffing, investment in computer-assisted coding, and continued emphasis on clinical documentation improvement if hospitals and health systems are to successfully meet the challenges of this new coding system.

In a recent national survey of ICD-10 readiness conducted by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and TrustHCS and reported in the June 2013 Journal of AHIMA, 300 HIM professionals identified the themes and best practices that are emerging as the healthcare industry moves closer to ICD-10’s Oct. 1, 2014, deadline. 

Survey respondents said they expect to increase their coding labor needs by 23 percent over the next two years, with a spike in coding anticipated from the second quarter of 2013 through the first quarter of 2014. Among facilities expecting to expand coding labor, 63 percent said they will directly hire additional coders and 25 percent will outsource. 

The HIM professionals surveyed represented 293 healthcare organizations, including academic medical centers, teaching and non-teaching community hospitals, and critical access hospitals. 

Publication Date: Monday, June 03, 2013