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Tip: Use the ICD-10 implementation delay to your advantage

APCs Insider, November 30, 2012

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If your organization is not where it should be with ICD-10 planning and preparation, there is no time to waste. A one-year delay is not a "reprieve" from ICD-10 prep. Don't be lulled into thinking that the delay means you can slow or set aside your ICD-10 implementation efforts.

Organizations that are deep into ICD-10 preparation have discovered that the transition is of significant scope and complexity. No matter how much time you think you have, or how far along you think your ICD-10 preparations are, you still have plenty of work to ­complete by October 1, 2014. The longer organizations delay getting started, the greater the risk of noncompliance and the higher the cost to remediate.
Healthcare entities that are on track with the original compliance date can use the extra time to:
  • Conduct more thorough testing
  • Provide additional training
  • Continue to communicate with trading partners ­regarding their readiness
  • Assess risks
  •  Develop strategies to mitigate risks and maximize opportunities for success.
If you are on schedule to meet the original compliance date, maintain your current preparation schedule and use the additional time for expanded ­testing. If you are ahead of ­schedule, extend ICD-10 education and ­outreach activities to other community healthcare entities that are struggling to meet the 2014 compliance date.
The tip is adapted from “It's time to reboot your ICD-10 transition plans” in the November Briefings on APCs.

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