Monday, April 29, 2013

Survey: Hospitals are not ready for ICD-10

More than 50% of hospitals have not started training for coding staff

April 26, 2013

Almost half of small- and mid-sized hospitals are lagging behind official CMS timelines for the transition to ICD-10 code sets, according to a survey.
Is your hospital ready for ICD-10? Evaluate your preparedness across six areas using our Readiness Diagnostic. U.S. health care organizations are working to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets to accommodate codes for new diseases and procedures. The switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets is slated for Oct. 1, 2014 and will require health care providers and insurers to change out about 14,000 codes for about 69,000 codes.
For the survey, Health Revenue Assurance Holdings polled more than 120 hospitals with fewer than 400 beds. The survey aimed to determine whether the facilities were following official CMS timelines for ICD-10 preparation.
About 20% of the surveyed hospitals said they have not begun education or training for the ICD-10 transition, according to the survey. HRAA also found that 55% of surveyed hospitals have not started training their coding staff on the ICD-10 procedure coding system, known as ICD-10-PCS.
Moreover, despite CMS recommendations that hospitals begin ICD-10 testing in 2013, 25% of surveyed hospitals said they plan to start testing in January 2014, and 24% said they plan to begin testing in April 2014 (Walsh, Clinical Innovation & Technology, 4/24; McCann, Healthcare IT News, 4/24).

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