Despite a one-year delay, healthcare providers and payers are still lagging in preparing for the conversion to ICD-10 diagnostic and procedure codes.
According to a survey by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), only about half of IT vendors said they were less than halfway through product development—results that mirrored a survey from the previous year. Nearly half of health plans said they were planning to test system capabilities with customers, which WEDI said was “moderate progress” over the previous year. More than 4 out of 10 providers said they could not say when they would begin testing necessary changes.
Last month, an Aloft Group survey found that 3 out of 4 healthcare providers were 25 percent or less complete in preparing for ICD-10 and 1 out of 3 had not yet begun.
The American Medical Association and other groups have urged the federal government to push back the current October 2014 ICD-10 deadline because of meaningful-use efforts and other federal imperatives.