Other key findings include:
* Fifty three percent of those surveyed cited the practice manager as the head of the ICD-10 conversion project, whereas 23 percent cited the billing manager as the project leader. Billing managers are more likely to lead the project in large practices.
* When it comes to Practice Management software, 59 percent of respondents will upgrade their existing tool or purchase new Practice Management or clinical/financial software to meet ICD-10 requirements.
* Thirty nine percent of respondents currently have a certified coder on staff in their practice. Of those not using a clinical coder, only 2 percent are planning to hire a certified coder.
* Seventy nine percent of respondents with coders on staff plan to recertify them for ICD-10.
"The industry is undergoing major shifts that are changing the way things are done in healthcare," said Hawkins. "As a vendor, we communicate with physicians on a daily basis and we are learning that most practices understand the value of the transition and want to adapt - even if it is a matter of concern."
About Vitera Healthcare Solutions
Vitera Healthcare Solutions provides end-to-end clinical and financial technology solutions so physicians and medical professionals can work with patients instead of paperwork. Serving more than 400,000 healthcare professionals including 80,000 physicians, Vitera Healthcare Solutions provides electronic health records and practice management systems, processes 33 million transactions and 1.8 million e-prescriptions monthly, and serves several specialties including primary care, OB/GYN, pediatrics, cardiology and orthopedics in all sized practices and Community Health Centers. Physician focused and patient centric, Vitera Healthcare Solutions is based in Tampa, FL. For more information, visit www.viterahealthcare.com or call (877) 932-6301. Follow Vitera Healthcare Solutions on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/ViteraHealthcare, and Twitter, http://twitter.com/#!/ViteraHealth.
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