WEDIs ICD-10 Survey: 8 Reasons to Worry
Since 2009, the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange has conducted surveys to assess stakeholder readiness for implementing and adopting ICD-10 codes. With less than five months until the October 1 compliance date, the results of the latest survey, conducted in February and released on April 3, are sobering. There has been progress in some areas since WEDI's August 2014 survey, but there also is adequate reason to worry.
In a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell that includes survey results, WEDI said last year's one-year delay in the ICD-10 compliance date has had a negative impact on readiness; many organizations did not take advantage of the additional time, and considerable uncertainty about further delays is a major obstacle to progress. We assert that unless all industry segments make a dedicated and aggressive effort to move forward in the next few months, there will be significant disruption to industry claims processing on Oct. 1, 2015.