Weeks ahead of October 1 deadline, industry remains hopeful but majority still not ready
Navicure, a provider of cloud-based health care billing and payment solutions, recently announced key findings from its fourth ICD-10 readiness survey. The findings revealed health care organizations are overwhelmingly optimistic about being ready for the October 1, 2015, transition date, yet only 43% feel they are currently on track with their preparation. Navicure and Porter Research deployed the survey in August 2015 as the fourth wave of a research study designed to trend attitudes and behavior regarding the transition to ICD-10.
Similar to Navicure's first three surveys, the majority of participants were practice administrators or billing managers (58%), followed by practice executives (14%), and billers and coders (14%). Survey respondents represented a broad range of specialties and sizes, with the majority (67%) coming from physician practices with one to 10 providers.
With only a few weeks until the transition, the survey found health care organizations' state of ICD-10 preparedness is improving but varies widely. The majority (85%) are still optimistic they will be ready when the transition happens, yet more than one-half of respondents (57%) still do not believe they are "on track" at this late stage to be prepared for the October 1 transition date. On a more positive note, more are on track for the transition than the previous survey (43% vs 21%). The findings were focused on themes of timing, readiness, and challenges, including the following:
"After conducting four ICD-10 readiness surveys over the past two years, Navicure is pleased to see progress in organizations' preparations; however, we remain concerned. Too many organizations are still not equipped to successfully weather the transition," says Jim Denny, cofounder and CEO of Navicure. "Even at this late stage, it is still not too late for organizations to make meaningful improvements to their '3 Ps'—people, products, and processes—to be as prepared as possible. These surveys, along with our own client surveys, have provided our team with insight on how we can still best help health care organizations through the transition."
Denny adds, "Beyond Navicure's Code Source and Appeals products, our award-winning client service team will be a critical resource for our clients' success. Additionally, Navicure offers a number of unique and complimentary ICD-10 resources to clients and nonclients alike including ICD10Hub.com and ICD-10 Analyzer. We hope organizations take full advantage of all that Navicure has to offer."
"Our client service team implemented a record number of new clients in August," Denny concludes. "Many wanted to ensure they are in good hands for the ICD-10 transition. We appreciate their trust and will ensure they not only survive but thrive during and after this significant event."
This survey was a follow up to surveys conducted in April and November 2013, in addition to one conducted in January 2015. To view the most recent complete survey results and analysis, visit www.navicure.com/ICD10survey.