February 22, 2012
Transitioning to ICD-10 coding is the top issue concerning physician practices today, according to a survey by Vitera Healthcare Solutions.
Respondents cited ICD-10 more often than “meaningful use” of electronic health records (EHR), the overhaul of healthcare reform and the prospect of deep reimbursement cuts as the “most impactful” issue to their practice.
According to the survey, there is concern among multiple positions that the transition to ICD-10 will negatively affect health care facilities. Physicians are worried ICD-10 will reduce their time to see patients, practice managers are worried about coordinating staff training and upgrading to new infrastructure and billing managers are worried about changes to their billing process.
Only a quarter of respondents said that they were far along on ICD-10 compliance. However, the poll came out prior to the announcement that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would push back the ICD-10 implementation deadline.
Vitera, an EHR and practice management software vendor based in Tampa, Fla., surveyed 394 physicians and medical office staff nationwide.