Health Care Firms Differ In Terms Of ICD 10 Readiness

Majority of the healthcare organizations are willing to conduct ICD testing before the October 2015 compliance date, but many of the smaller health care organizations are struggling, as per the latest reports from Health Data Management reports.

ICD 10 Background

Health care organizations in US are working hard for the transition from ICD 9 to ICD 10 codes to accommodate codes for the new procedures and diseases. This switch means that the health care insurers and providers will need to change about 14,000 codes.

President Obama signed into law a legislation that pushed the ICD 10 Codes due date until October 2015. In the month of May, CMS had confirmed that HHS plans to release an interim final rule. This rule is aimed at setting a new ICD 10 compliance deadline.

Details Of The Report

The report that was released by American Health Information Management Association was based on a survey that was conducted between the months of May and June, which focused on the healthcare organizations’ readiness to test and implement, expected effect of implementation and the strategic implications. The researchers polled 454 individuals from different health care settings that include clinics, acute care hospitals, health care delivery organizations and physician practices.

Findings Of The Report

In the report, eHI and AHIMA stated that the survey findings suggest there could be “a knowledge gap around ICD-10 implementation and testing for those organizations with fewer resources, like clinics and physician practices.” The report came out with the following conclusions.

• 655 of the respondents indicated that their healthcare organization would be prepared to do end to end testing before the compliance deadline.

• 10% of the respondents said that their organization did not plan to do end to end testing.

• 17% were not sure if their organization will be prepared to do end to end testing before the Oct 1, 2015, compliance date.

Of those respondents who said that their firms did not plan to have the tests, 45% were clinics or physician practices and 36% said that they lack the testing knowledge.

Recommendations

The report recommended the medical service providers to ensure the following before the compliance deadline,

• Collaborate with their peers and other healthcare organizations in the area on ICD 10 codes implementation practices.

• Do testing early and frequently in all stages of ICD 10 implementation.

• Develop plans to mitigate the ICD 10 Codes implementation risks like dual coding.

We have to wait and see how the health care industry will go forward with the ICD 10 implementation. The last date to incorporate the same is right around the corner.