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Get ready now for ICD-10

APCs Insider, October 3, 2008

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ICD-10 is no longer that monster under the bed. Years of speculation came to a sudden end August 15, when the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released its proposed regulation for the transition to ICD-10-CM for diagnostic coding affecting inpatient and outpatient settings and ICD-10-PCS for inpatient procedures only.

You have three years to get ready, unless this timetable changes in the final regulation.

This transition has been on coders’ minds for more than a decade, and when it comes, it will change nearly every dimension of hospital operations. The ICD-10 transition affects payers, software vendors, researchers, regulators, and data warehouses. Getting ready today will enable facilities to get the most from the transition time between the final rule and implementation.

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