According to a new survey conducted by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), uncertainly about further delays have hindered industry preparedness for ICD-10 implementation. More than half of respondents cited such uncertainty as the “primary obstacle” to seamless implementation in the Fall. Additionally, only about a quarter of provider respondents had begun “external testing” of the new system, even fewer had completed it. The survey compiled responses from 1,174 respondents, consisting of 796 providers, 173 vendors and 205 health plans. Jim Daley, WEDI past-chair and ICD-10 Workgroup co-chair explained, “Based on the survey results, it appears the delay has had a negative impact on some readiness activities—especially external testing. While the delay provided more time for the transition to ICD-10, many organizations did not take full advantage of this additional time and many providers are falling further behind.” ICD-10 is set to go into effect on October 1st, 2015.
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