Survey: Most Health Care Executives Expect No More ICD-10 Delays

May 1, 2015 in News

A majority of health care executives say they expect ICD-10 to launch by the Oct. 1 deadline, according to a survey by QauliTest, Clinical Innovation Technology reports.

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.

Survey Details

For the survey, QauliTest — a software testing firm — in April polled more than 150 health care executives, most of whom were in IT positions (Walsh, Clinical Innovation Technology, 4/30).

According to the survey, 83% of respondents said they think ICD-10 will go live as expected on Oct. 1.

The survey also found testing rates and methods have varied. For example, while 67% of respondents said they expect the transition to affect revenue, just 28% have performed revenue impact testing.

In addition, the survey found that:

  • 67% of respondents said they have conducted testing with clearinghouses; and
  • 22% have relied solely on outside contractors for testing (Powderly, Healthcare Finance, 4/30).

In addition, the survey found that 28% of respondents said they use automated testing techniques, compared with 56% who said they use manual testing methods (Clinical Innovation Technology, 4/30).

Further, the survey found that 46% of respondents did not participate in CMS’ end-to-end testing during January. However, 61% said they plan to participate in CMS’s next round of testing (Powderly, Healthcare Finance, 4/30).

CMS To Conduct ICD-10 Testing in June

In related news, CMS announced that it will perform its next round of acknowledgment testing between June 1 and June 5, Healthcare Finance reports.

According to Healthcare Finance, the next round will be CMS’ fourth testing period (Healthcare Finance, 4/30).

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