When the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange released its latest ICD-10 readiness survey this week one thing became clear: October will be interesting.
WEDI shared these results from its June 2015 ICD-10 Industry Readiness Survey:
· Less than half of practices surveyed feel they will be ready. I'm betting that prepared physician practices are overrepresented in the survey.
· Hospitals are confident. About 90 percent are predicting they will be ready.
· Health plans report either they are ready now or will be ready by Oct. 1.
· Healthcare vendors all report they will be ready.
I'm not shocked at all by the sorry state of preparedness reported among physician practices. Medical groups groups have been fighting the ICD-10 transition for years. It's not likely we'll hear many physicians say "This was easier than expected," on Oct. 2.
I'm a bit surprised, however, by the healthcare payers and providers reporting complete readiness. No one is completely ready. Nor will they be. There will be glitches.
What will make October interesting will be how many ICD-10 glitches emerge. Then the procrastinating physicians will have reason to exclaim a collective, "I told you so!" Prepared physicians, on the other hand, may be able to get through the ICD-10 turbulence.
Also interesting is what WEDI recommends to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell: be transparent about state Medicaid agencies readiness, hurry up with the ICD-10 ombudsman already, help providers manage local coverage determination codes, aka, LCDs, and "leverage WEDIs and CMS' implementation support program"
Honestly, I don't what that last one means but I have a lot of hope for the ICD-10 ombudsman. This transition needs as much information about what works and what doesn't to help resolve those glitches sooner than later.
And that will be really interesting. The good kind of interesting.