The recent Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) survey results confirm what everyone watching this race to ICD-10 already knows. The proactive and mostly larger groups, facilities, and practices are proceeding full steam ahead for the Oct. 1, 2015 implementation date.
The rest of the world is either taking a wait-and-see approach or moving forward slowly, if at all. Vendors and payors seem to be making progress also, although there are still significant variations among them. Ironically, these findings are very similar to what the industry reported two years ago, and again last year. So why haven’t the ICD-10 delays resulted in everyone being “ready?” Why do some continue to procrastinate? Why does the readiness divide between those leading the race and those lagging far behind remain?