As per a recent survey conducted among some of the major healthcare organizations, many hospitals have stated that they are quite ready for the ICD 10 coding transition. However, some smaller organizations have also clearly mentioned about the issues they would be facing with the change in the ICD coding as they are not well-equipped for the change.
The ICD 10 coding survey thus clearly indicates that there’s a mixed sort of reaction among the healthcare organizations where if some are quite optimistic about the change in the coding procedures, others are getting concerned with the same. Based on the survey result, a new AHIMA report states that, “As organizations implement the ICD-10 code set, testing is imperative to ensure that trading partners can ultimately accept the ICD-10 coded transactions. Testing for ICD-10 can be a complex task involving both internal and external resources, as organizations must validate their own workflows around coding and the ability of their trading partners to receive and process transactions. End-to-end testing is an important internal validation tool in which all components of a system are tested in an environment that closely mirrors real-world scenarios.”
Almost 65 percent of the respondents stated that they are almost ready to get acclimatized to the ICD 10 coding procedures. Although the official deadline for ICD 10 transition has been set as October 1, 2015, most of the healthcare organizations have been advised to move onto the new coding systems by April 1, 2015 i.e. almost six months prior to the official date. This is to make sure that the healthcare organizations do not face any issues by the time it becomes mandatory to follow the ICD 10 coding rules.
However, as mentioned earlier, only a few number of hospitals had issues with changing to the new policies. This is clearly visible from the AHIMA report where it states that, “While many organizations are poised to perform internal testing, the external testing picture is cloudier, Respondents frequently indicated that they are not aware of when their key business partners will be prepared to conduct testing. Respondents were more likely to know when larger partners such as clearinghouses, IT vendors, acute care hospitals, and health plans were prepared to conduct testing.”
Hence, it can be said that a large number of healthcare organizations are finally ready to adopt the new ICD coding procedures before the official deadline for the transition sets in.