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Coming soon to a hospital near you: ICD-10 deadline nears
This article is part of the Pulse issue of September 2015
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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This issue of SearchHealthIT's Pulse e-zine looks at the upcoming ICD-10 deadline, with a focus on the final prep work before the Oct. 1 transition.
The ICD-10 implementation date is fast approaching, and providers should know what to expect. Here are some important facts from CMS' ICD-10 resources.
Revenue cycle management professionals seem to have reluctantly accepted that the ICD-10 conversion won't be a smooth process.
As the Oct. 1 ICD-10 implementation date nears, larger provider organizations appear to be ready, with testing, training and double coding complete.
Internal testing, employee education and training are three of the most important actions providers should take ahead of the ICD-10 deadline.