WEDI: ICD-10 readiness still a problem in 2012

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The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) has submitted the latest ICD-10 industry readiness survey results to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). WEDI’s report revealed that much of the industry is not on track to meet the October 2013 compliance date.

Since 2009, the Reston, Va.-based WEDI has conducted ICD-10 readiness surveys to measure the progress of industry compliance. As an advisor under HIPAA, WEDI brings to the attention of CMS issues it believes warrant review and consideration from the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.

WEDI’s current assessment of industry readiness is derived from survey responses collected from more than 2,600 providers, payors  and vendors during February. 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.

Nearly 50 percent of the provider respondents indicated that they did not know when they would complete their impact assessment, according to the survey data. “Although one-third of providers expected to begin external testing in 2013, another 50 percent responded that they did not know when testing would occur.”

Additionally, most health plans do not expect to begin external testing until 2013. More than one-third of health plans have completed their assessment, but 25 percent are less than halfway done and approximately 50 percent of vendors are less than halfway complete with product development, WEDI stated.

WEDI will continue to conduct surveys throughout the year. Information collected from these surveys will be used to monitor progress and to help the industry achieve compliance, the organization added.