ICD-10, Meaningful Use Among Community Hospitals’ Top Concerns

January 13, 2015 in News

Government mandates — including those related to health IT — are among community hospitals’ top concerns, according to a survey released on Monday by the American College of Healthcare Executives, Modern Healthcare reports.

Details of Report

The survey polled more than 330 community hospital CEOs about their top areas of concern.

The survey found financial challenges topped the list of concerns for the CEOs, followed by:

  • Implementing health care reform initiatives;
  • Government mandates; and
  • Patient quality and safety.

Researchers noted that respondents expressed concern over government mandates that require hospitals to make certain technology transitions.

Specifically, 68% of CEOs who participated in the survey said they were concerned about implementing the ICD-10 coding system (Rice, Modern Healthcare, 1/10). 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 by Oct. 1, 2015 (iHealthBeat, 1/7).

Meanwhile, 32% of respondents said they were concerned about obtaining federal payments under the meaningful use program (ACHE release, 1/12). Under the 2009 federal economic stimulus package, health care providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health record systems can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments (iHealthBeat, 1/7).

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