October 20, 2014

HATA Launching ICD-10 Readiness Survey

By

Off the heels of the release of results from the most recent Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) ICD-10 readiness survey, the Healthcare Administrative Technology Association (HATA) has launched a similar survey of its own, association Executive Director Tim McMullen announced this week.

 

The HATA survey will query practice management systems vendors regarding their readiness. 

“Practice management systems are a vital component in the transition to ICD-10,” McMullen said. “This is the first time in which data just on practice management system vendors (and) their ICD-10 readiness has been gathered.”

The comprehensive survey will query such vendors on such topics as the effects the ICD-10 delay has had on them; the current status of ICD-10 preparations, from impact analysis through completed end-to-end testing; information received on ICD-10 plans from clearinghouses and/or carriers; the level of testing performed to date; dual-coding availability and timelines; implementation obstacles; development and distribution of ICD-10 products and services; and testing schedules and helpdesk capabilities.

“With just under one year until the new Oct. 1, 2015 ICD-10 transition, we see there is still a great deal of concern about industry readiness. When it comes to ICD-10 preparations, one of the most highly cited areas for providers to assess is that of vendor readiness,” HATA President Chris Bruns noted. “While many practice management vendor statements address their own ICD-10 preparations and readiness, a comprehensive view of our collective readiness isn’t available.”

“With that, one of HATA’s first initiatives was to prepare a practice management vendor-specific ICD-10 readiness survey and publish the results, with the goal of making our collective readiness public knowledge,” Bruns added. “Covering questions from functionality and compliance to deployment, training, and external testing, the HATA survey is designed to provide … ICD-10 readiness answers.”

Survey results will be released in late October, HATA noted. Results only will be shared in the aggregate, and individual/organization submissions will not be identified. The results will provide the basis for a HATA webinar titled “Tips on Working with Your PMS vendor for a Successful ICD-10 Transition,” along with a solutions-based white paper.

The survey link can be found on the HATA website, www.hata-assn.org.

To learn more about the Healthcare Administrative Technology Association, visit the website or contact Tim McMullen at 844-440-HATA (4282) or .

 

Mark Spivey

Mark Spivey is a national correspondent for ICDmonitor.com who has been writing on numerous topics facing the nation’s healthcare system (and federal oversight of it) for five years.