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Survey Says ICD-10 Readiness is Poor

March 20, 2012
by Gabriel Perna
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The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), a Reston, Va.-based coalition of health information technology users and developers, has announced the results of a survey that concludes most providers were not on track for the original ICD-10 compliance date of Oct. 2013. The results of the test come after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced that date will be moved back.   

WEDI collected responses from more than 2,600 providers, health plans and vendors during February of last year. With the knowledge that that impact assessments should have been completed in 2011 and other key milestones, WEDI found that most people in the industry were behind in ICD-10 compliance. Nearly half of the providers didn’t know when they were going to complete the impact assessment. While one-third of providers expected to begin external testing in 2013, half of the respondents said they didn’t know when it would occur. Approximately half of the responds were less than halfway done with product development.

This past February, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced a delay to the compliance date after many in the industry, especially physician-based groups, had complained about being ready. She has yet to indicate a new deadline.

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