By all accounts, a majority of organizations are behind schedule in implementing ICD-10 and the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) is doing something about that. The group this week launched a new initiative to bring together state collaborative organizations to help reduce the time and cost for implementation, as well as to bring greater efficiencies to the process.
Despite concerns about the relatively short timeframe to implement ICD-10, skipping ahead to ICD-11 is not a good alternative, according to a new report published by the American Medical Association's board of trustees.According to the report, such a move is "fraught with its own pitfalls."
The looming transition to ICD-10 continues to be burdensome for healthcare providers nationwide, so much so that some in Congress are calling for it to not be mandatory. However, according to Bonnie Cassidy, senior director of health information management innovation at Nuance, there are several steps that can be taken to ease the process.
Healthcare providers would not be required to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets under a bill (H.R. 1701) introduced to Congress last week by Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas). Poe, earlier in April, slammed the new system as excessive, calling it "red tape" and "bureaucracy" typical of "clueless big government."
Over the past three months, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could not have made its intentions regarding the transition to ICD-10 more clear: there will be no second delay. Still, survey after survey indicates that providers are continuing to drag their feet when it comes to beginning the process of implementation.
Why the continued procrastination?
Procrastination continues to run rampant when it comes to the ICD-10 transition. The latest evidence comes courtesy of survey results unveiled this week by healthcare revenue IT vendor Health Revenue Assurance Holdings that show 20 percent of responding small- and mid-sized hospitals have yet to start any education or training for the shift, which has a deadline of Oct. 1, 2014.
In part 2 of this exclusive interview with Brent Grimes, administrative director of patient account services at Integris Health, he discusses how the integrated hospital system is preparing for ICD-10 implementation and how to manage through uncertainty.
A large swath of medical providers remains woefully unprepared for the switch to ICD-10, a problem discussed last week at the American College of Physicians annual meeting, MedPage Today reported.
In a recent interview with FierceHealthIT , Intermountain Healthcare CIO Marc Probst talked about the need for data standards in healthcare and the challenges of meeting ICD-10.
Think that the conversion to the ICD-10 coding system is going to take a lot of time, effort and be a drain on human resources You're right.