Nearly half of surveyed health care providers plan to purchase computer-assisted coding software within the next two years to help them transition to ICD-10 code sets, according to a survey by research firm KLAS, Health Data Management reports.
U.S. health care organizations are working to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets to accommodate codes for new diseases and procedures. The switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets means that health care providers and insurers will have to change out about 14,000 codes for about 69,000 codes.
On April 9, HHS released a proposed rule that would delay the compliance deadline for transitioning to ICD-10 code sets by one year, to Oct. 1, 2014 (iHealthBeat, 4/9).
Details of the KLAS Report
The report found that about 21% of surveyed health care providers say they already use computer-assisted coding systems (Terry, FierceHealthIT, 4/23).
Many health care providers consider the implementation of a computer-assisted coding system to be an integral part of their ICD-10 transition plan, the report noted. According to the report, health care providers believe the coding system could help make up for lost productivity and reimbursement resulting from the ICD-10 transition (Monegain, Healthcare IT News, 4/23).
Graham Triggs, the report's author, said that although the market for computer-assisted coding systems "is young, and no vendor has fully proven itself in the inpatient space, provider confidence that computer-assisted coding technology will ultimately create greater efficiency, productivity and ICD-10 readiness is high" (FierceHealthIT, 4/23).