Healthcare payers were "uniformly ready or on track to be ready" for the October 1, 2014 ICD-10 deadline, according to performance management consultant Enkata.
In a blog post, Enkata Chief Marketing Officer Dan Enthoven said the company's spring payer survey revealed that "only a single respondent said they were slightly behind schedule. But despite being ready, people involved in claims processing didnt want the delay. By a ratio of 4 to 1, payers said the delay shouldnt have happened."
However, according to Enthoven , the delay could still prove beneficial to payers--if the provider community is so behind schedule, he said, that could have overwhelmed payers' manual processing infrastructure, thus putting the payers' service level agreement metrics, which are highly leveraged on auto-adjudication ratios, at risk.
"With the delay in place, providers now have more time to get things ready. Hopefully, this means the ICD-10 rollout, if and when it happens, will be far smother than what would have been," he wrote.
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