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September 2015

Coming soon to a hospital near you: ICD-10 deadline nears

A long time ago, in 1977, people flocked to theaters to see the first Star Wars movie. After a string of successful sequels and prequels, the next film in the series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will debut in December 2015. ICD-9 has its roots in the 1970s, too, as the U.S. adopted the code set for disease classification in 1979. However, in the 36 years since then, time froze for ICD-9 while physicians and developers achieved medical and technological advancements across the world. There is finally an ICD-9 sequel coming soon, as the ICD-10 deadline to go into effect in the U.S. occurs on Oct. 1. VIDEO: What is ICD-10? This issue of Pulse leaves behind the politics and lobbying -- all of which contributed to years' worth of delays in ICD-10's introduction in America -- and looks ahead to the final prep work for the Oct. 1 transition and the success stories so far. Contributor Josh Albright comes at the issues from a new angle, as he argues that for IT folks, the ICD-10 deadline is akin to changing the oil in a car -- but it ...

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