If health care industry stakeholders want to meet the October 2013 compliance data to adopt the ICD-10 code sets, then 2011 "has got to be a very focused year," says David Biel, a partner in the Chicago office of Deloitte Consulting LLP. "There's no more time to pontificate and talk about what the solutions are, it's a year where great progress is needed."

During a session at Health Data Management's Health IT Summit, Nov. 14-16 in Chicago, Biel and Christine Armstrong, also a partner at Deloitte, will give an industry ICD-10 readiness check. Covering the payer, provider and government sectors, they'll outline who's ahead, who's keeping pace and who's behind. "Payers continue to be leading the pack," Biel says. "They jumped on this program."

There's a caveat to payer progress, however. State Medicaid programs, already hit by a multitude of new regulatory challenges because of the health care reform law, lag significantly in ICD-10 readiness, he notes. "This particular problem is only just now beginning to hit their radar."

Biel and Armstrong also will talk about trends they are seeing, such as the types of solutions options available, use of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' crosswalk, the viability of crosswalking from ICD-9 to ICD-10, and how stakeholders likely will test, among other issues.

For more information on the Health IT Summit at the Swissotel Chicago, downtown at the intersection of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, click here.

--Joseph Goedert


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