With two years to go before the healthcare industry must switch to the ICD-10 family of diagnostic and procedural codes, a large majority of healthcare organizations are at least starting to plan for the conversion, according to results of a survey released today by the American Health Information Management Association.
AHIMA: Some progress seen on ICD-10
The Chicago-based professional association polled its members in August. Among the 639 survey respondents, 85% said they have begun work on an ICD-10 conversion plan. That's up from 62% a year ago, according to an AHIMA news release (PDF).
The release noted, however, that "much work remains to be done and more changes are needed," as only 49% of survey respondents reported their organizations had begun to act on their assessments.
For example, only 8% of respondents said they had completed an assessment of the educational needs of their staff members, a key task in the conversion to the ICD-10 code set, which is far more complex than the ICD-9 codes in current use, according to industry experts.
Just 18% have developed an ICD-10 implementation budget—another important part of an implementation plan—according to a summary of the survey results (PDF) posted at AHIMA's website.
The conversion to ICD-10 must be complete by Oct. 1, 2013, according to a federal rule issued in 2009 under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.
A consensus of healthcare IT experts contacted earlier this year concluded that the industry is behind schedule for both ICD-10 and the obligatory precursor switch to ASC X12 version 5010 electronic transactions standards from the 4010 standards in current use. The 5010 conversion compliance deadline is Jan. 1, 2012.
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