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Commonsense Approach to ICD-10 Implementation

Commonsense Approach to ICD-10 Implementation


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Nancy Maguire, ACS, PCS
 
Implementation of the ICD-10-CM coding classification has been an on-again, off-again proposition but the new date could be October 1, 2014 or later. The fact is, no one is certain about the date of the future ICD-10 implementation, so perhaps the smartest choice for providers is to proceed with steps to continue their ICD-10 implementation. This is not a doom-and-gloom transition, even as many tend to exaggerate the ICD-10 issue, but it will be a significant change in business processes. The challenge will be communication and the ability to transition to ICD-10 consistently across payers, vendors, and providers. ICD-10 is just another business problem to solve because it will impact all areas currently touching ICD-9 diagnosis codes and claims filing.