Hospital Administrators See ICD-10 as Problematic for Health IT, Survey Says

Hospital administrators expect that the anticipated conversion to the  ICD-10  (International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision) code set will immediately make a host of health IT activities more difficult to conduct, according to preliminary results of a new survey of hospitals and physician practices released June 27 by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the eHealth Initiative. According to the survey, the conversion to the new code set, expected for Oct. 1, 2015, will make coding and documenting patient encounters, collecting and exchanging health information and managing risk more difficult for hospital and clinical practice administrators. However, the survey found, administrators also expect the conversion will improve the quality and safety of the care provided to patients in the long-term. Read the source article at bna.com

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