How preparation affected the ICD-10 transition

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale
How preparation affected the ICD-10 transition

We keep looking back at the ICD-10 transition to see how it went.

Susan Dooley took a look at what some pediatric coders experienced after Oct. 1. They summed it up as "much ado about nothing."

The timing of the statements is worth noting. They were collected sometime in November (The newsletter that was quoted was dated Dec. 1). Which doesn't seem like a lot of time to get a real picture of how things went. Maybe things sent south between then and now.

That's possible. That's the problem with this kind of research. Collecting stories and data takes time. But the stories are consistent with others we have heard.

Also, Navicure surveyed 360 healthcare organizations on the effects of the ICD-10 transition in December 2015. So organizations had a couple months to develop problems. And there were problems. For example:

  • 48 percent of respondents said productivity declined
  • 20 percent said there was some cash flow interruption
  • 13 percent said healthcare payers weren't processing claims

When the survey dug into the problems, they didn't seem to last very long. That's not to minimize the issues. But 99 percent of survey respondents said they felt they were prepared for the ICD-1o transition. The two factors were likely connected.