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Practices Are Not Ready for Implementation of ICD-10

MONDAY, July 8 (HealthDay News) -- Most practices are not ready for implementation of the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10), according to a report published by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).

Researchers from MGMA surveyed about 55,000 physicians from 1,200 practices to examine their overall readiness for ICD-10 implementation.

According to the survey, only 4.8 percent of practices reported having made significant progress toward or being completely ready to implement ICD-10, while 55.4 percent reported not yet having started implementation. Concerns relating to implementation included overall costs, changes to clinical documentation, and loss of clinician and coding staff productivity after implementation. Expected difficulties included ability to document patient encounters and ability to select the appropriate diagnosis code. More than 70 percent of practices reported that they had not heard from the major health plans regarding a plan's ability to test claims, and 59.7 percent reported the same of claims clearinghouses.

"Our data suggest that many practices are in the dark in terms of moving forward with ICD-10," Susan Turney, M.D., the president and chief executive officer of MGMA, said in a statement. "Without the necessary software changes and testing, practices will have no confidence that they will be paid for the care they deliver to their patients after Oct. 1, 2014."

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