Hoping to get a definitive look at how ICD-10 implementation has impacted coding productivity and accuracy, the AHIMA Foundation and AHIMA has launched a phased series of studies.
The first study is being conducted throughout May with 500 phone calls being placed with AHIMA members listing “coding professional” or a related title in their membership profile who also hold a corresponding coding credential. Individuals will be invited to participate in the survey, and those who do will be entered to win an American Express gift card. Calls will start taking place this week and will ask participants about their perception of ICD-10’s impact.
The hope is this research will help the HIM profession and AHIMA better understand the needs of coding professionals, and how AHIMA can better assist coding professionals with ICD-10 use. The calls will ask participants whether they feel ICD-10 impacted coder accuracy and coder productivity, if accuracy and productivity has decreased or increased, and if they have suggestions for how AHIMA can better serve the coding community.
Interviews will be completed by June, at which point review of the data will begin by AHIMA Foundation researchers. The results of the analysis are expected to be released in a report by July 1, and will analyze perceptions by setting, such as inpatient, outpatient, long-term care, behavioral health, etc.
“In order for AHIMA to better serve our members and the profession we need to collect scientifically rigorous data,” said William Rudman, PhD, RHIA, executive director of the AHIMA Foundation. “The coder productivity study will provide initial baseline data on how the implementation of ICD-10 impacted coder productivity and accuracy in order for AHIMA to provide necessary support to our coding professionals.”
This first baseline study will be followed by a more in-depth analysis and real world assessment of coding accuracy and productivity at various care provider settings, conducted later this year or in early 2017.