The CMS appears to have made the prudent call when it announced last month its rollback of the compliance date for the nationwide conversion to the ICD-10 codes, according to the results of a survey by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange.
ICD-10 delay may have been a good call: survey
Significant numbers of healthcare provider organizations, health insurance plans and even vendors of information technology systems all lagged badly in their preparations for the complex code upgrade, WEDI survey data indicated. The Reston, Va.,-based WEDI is a coalition of health information technology users and developers.
It polled providers, plans and IT vendors beginning in January and ending in February, but before the Feb. 14 CMS announcement that it would consider relaxing its ICD-10 compliance deadline of Oct. 1, 2013. Prior to that, the government line had been to hold fast to the 2013 date.
WEDI did not try to determine which of the three industry groups was most advanced or furthest behind in their quests for ICD-10 compliance, as questions were put slightly differently to each of the three, said Mario Marzette, the organization's marketing director.
Providers, for example, were asked, “What is the expected completion date of your ICD-10 (readiness) assessment?” Only about one in five of the 2,597 providers responding indicated they expected to have the impact assessment completed by the first quarter of 2012, he said, but nearly half responded that they did not know when the assessments would be finished.
Meanwhile, health plan leaders were asked, “How complete is your formal impact assessment/gap analysis?” One in five of the 661 plan respondents indicated they had either not started or were less than one quarter of the way complete, he said.
Vendors were asked, “How complete is your solution development for a majority of your ICD-10 products and services?” One in six of the 418 vendors participating had not started preparing, Marzette said.
“Based on the premise that impact assessments should have been completed in 2011 and other key milestones, survey results show evidence that the industry is falling behind with ICD-10 compliance,” WEDI said in its news release about the poll.
No new date for ICD-10 compliance has been set.
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