Provider progress in transitioning to ICD-10 has been hampered by the most recent delay--enforced via the passage of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act last spring--according to survey results released this week by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange.
More than 80 percent of physicians surveyed say they have reached their limit on how many patients they can see in a day and many plan to cut back on their services within the next three years by turning patients away or reducing their office hours.
Despite all the grumbling about the switch to ICD-10, physicians find it more natural to the way they practice, Sue Bowman, senior director of coding policy and compliance at the American Health Information Management Association, said in an interview at Healthcare Informatics.
HIMSS has presented three "Congressional Asks"--formal requests to Congress to accomplish specific goals to advance health IT.
Only weeks away from the original ICD-10 deadline, just 11 percent of healthcare organizations said they are fully ready to implement the new coding system, according to a survey by SearchHealthIT and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
The switch to ICD-10 poses the risk of under-reporting and over-reporting adverse events due to mismatches in codes for Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs), according to research at the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
Although the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) set October 1, 2015 as the official compliance date for providers and payers to transition to ICD-10, many physicians have not taken advantage of the extra time to get ready, according to an article from MedPage Today.
There will be three different testing weeks leading up to the implementation date for ICD-10, according to an article from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The deadline for ICD-10 is a little more than a year out, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is working to make sure that myths about the process are squashed.
With all of the delays, it seems like we've been waiting forever for ICD-10. But it now seems clear: Oct. 1, 2015, will be the day it takes effect. And it's probably not a bad idea for radiologists to again reflect on the impact the coding shift will have on radiology.