Survey Finds Industry Lagging on Move to ICD-10
Even with a year's grace period, many providers, payers, and health information technology vendors are still running behind schedule in their preparations for the massive conversion next year to ICD-10 diagnostic and procedural codes, according to an industry survey. About half of vendors participating indicated their companies are halfway or less than halfway complete with their ICD-10 product development, a status that is little changed from that in the February 2012 survey. Roughly two-thirds of vendors indicated that they would start beta testing their systems with customers by the end of this year.
“The industry is not where we hoped to be by the timeline,” said Jim Daley, who is chairman of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange and co-chair of the ICD-10 group of WEDI, which conducted the survey, and is director of IT risk and Compliance for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina. “There is a lot of work to do.”
Source: Joseph Conn, Modern Healthcare [4/12/13]