According to a new survey from AHIMA and eHealth initiative, a majority of providers have not yet conducted ICD-10 testing. The survey conducted between May and June of this year, polled 271 providers to gauge readiness.
Overall, the survey found that while many providers have taken steps to prepare for the implementation of ICD-10, many lag behind in terms of testing. Half of respondents have conducted test transactions with payers and clearinghouses, 34% have completed internal testing, while 17% said they have completed external testing. 20% have no plans to conduct end-to-end testing.
The majority of respondents have taken steps other than testing to prepare for the ICD-10 transition, with:
78% saying they are providing ICD-10 resources and educational materials to their staff;
73% saying they are creating teams to assess readiness and make implementation preparations;
72% saying they are training staff on ICD-10 use;
66% saying they are updating their systems to support ICD-10 codes; and
64% saying they are reviewing internal processes and workflows.
The survey found that larger provider organizations had a higher readiness for the transition, compared with smaller organizations.