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WEDI Releases ICD-10 Readiness Survey for Industry Participation

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), a nonprofit authority on the use of HIT to create efficiencies in health care information exchange, announced the release of an ICD-10 readiness survey to determine how well the health care industry is progressing towards the October 1, 2015, implementation deadline. The survey results will be evaluated and compiled into a report for the industry.

Providers, health plans, vendors, and clearinghouses are invited to participate in this important initiative to help monitor progress as we move closer toward the implementation deadline. The survey is available here. The final submission deadline is March 6, 2015.

"WEDI has been conducting these surveys since 2009, allowing us to gain a broad perspective on the readiness status for different sections of the industry, and to gauge how quickly they are progressing," says Jim Daley, WEDI past-chair and ICD-10 workgroup cochair. "Since the shift to ICD-10 represents such a significant change to the industry, it is imperative that all organizations stay diligently focused and continue the necessary preparations in order to make the conversion in Oct. 2015 as smooth as possible. This survey is an important part of the educational and advisory roles our organization plays within the industry on ICD-10 and other health IT matters—bringing together all industry sectors to deliver a successful transition."

As an advisor to the Health and Human Services under HIPAA, WEDI brings to the attention of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issues that it believes warrant review and consideration, and continually reports the results of these periodic ICD-10 readiness surveys to CMS.

WEDI will continue to conduct surveys throughout 2015, and information collected from these surveys will help determine where additional outreach and education is needed.

Source: The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange