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Survey: Providers Concerned about ICD-10 Transition

September 5, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
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According to a survey, the majority of providers are greatly concerned about the transition to the ICD-10 code set.  The survey, conducted by Marietta, Ga.-based Nuesoft Technologies, called “Attitudes Toward the Transition to ICD-10 and ANSI-5010,” surveyed 480 of physicians, administrators, office managers and billers, and 96 percent of the respondents reported that they are concerned about the potential impact of the transition to ICD-10.

Additionally, 60 percent of all respondents indicated that they are “significantly” or “highly” concerned.  In comparison, when asked about the impact of the January 2012 adoption of ANSI 5010 standards, 64 percent indicated it had a negative impact on their practice. Three months later, 50 percent of the respondents indicated they were either “not at all” or only “minimally” upset. The other 50 percent responded that they were “moderately,” “significantly” or “highly” upset.

The negative implications for ICD-10 were apparent throughout the survey. More than 73 percent of the respondents anticipate the process will negatively impact their operations and finances, as well as their “personal and staff state of mind.”

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