Payers, Providers Still Behind in ICD-10 Transition | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Payers, Providers Still Behind in ICD-10 Transition

December 18, 2013
by Gabriel Perna
| Reprints

A recent survey from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) reveals that despite the impending Oct. 1, 2014 deadline to transition to the ICD-10 code-set, the healthcare industry isn’t ready.

In October, WEDI surveyed 353 respondents, including 196 providers, 59 vendors, and 98 payers, to conclude that overall many healthcare organizations are not where they should be in completing ICD-10 compliance milestones, per the WEDI/ North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance (NCHICA) timeline.

Eighty percent of providers will not complete their business changes and begin testing before 2014. More than 20 percent of vendors said they were half-way or less than half-way complete with product development in support of ICD-10, and 40 percent said they would not have products available to customers until 2014. One-third of payers were planning to test externally by the end of 2013, down from one-half in the February 2013 survey.

It wasn’t all bad though. Approximately 60 percent of payers have completed their impact assessment, and another 20 percent had already completed them, which was up from one-half of respondents in the February survey.

“Based on the survey results, all industry segments appear to have made some progress since February 2013, but have not gained sufficient ground to remove concern over meeting the October 1, 2014 compliance deadline.” Jim Daley, Chairman of WEDI, said in a statement.  “Unless all segments move quickly forward with their implementation efforts, there will be significant disruption on Oct 1, 2014.”

Get the latest information on Health IT and attend other valuable sessions at this two-day Summit providing healthcare leaders with educational content, insightful debate and dialogue on the future of healthcare and technology.

Learn More

Topics

News

Trump will Nominate Acting VA Secretary Wilkie for Permanent Position

Just a day after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Cerner inked their $10 billion EHR (electronic health record) deal, President Trump said he would be nominating Acting VA Secretary Robert Wilkie for the permanent position.

ONC Names API Server Showdown Stage 2 Winner

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has named 1UpHealth as the Stage 2 winner of the “Secure API Server Showdown” challenge.

EHNAC Developing Trusted Exchange Accreditation Program

To align with the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement, the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission, a nonprofit standards development organization and accrediting body, is working with other organizations to establish a new Trusted Exchange Accreditation Program.

Lawmakers Demand New VA CIO, Citing “Malign Neglect” on EHR Project

A group of Democratic federal lawmakers, five senators and six members of Congress, are calling out the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for what they call “malign neglect” in the agency’s efforts to achieve electronic health record (EHR) modernization.

Medical Record Access Proves Costly for Some Patients, GAO Report Finds

Federal law requires healthcare providers to give patients access to their medical records, but according to a new GAO report, some patients believe they’re being charged too much to access their records.

Parkland’s Innovation Bridge Takes ‘Genius Bar’ Approach to Digital Health Apps

Taking inspiration from the Apple Genius Bar and Ochsner Health System’s O Bar, the Dallas-based Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation in collaboration with Parkland Health & Hospital System has opened an “Innovation Bridge” to assist patients with health-related apps.