ICD-10 Race to the Finish: 8 High Priorities in the 11th Hour

cover_AJO_2015_AJO ICD10RacetotheFinish_CT-1The American Journal of Orthopedics – July 2015
by Cheryl L. Toth, MBA

As late as mid-April 2015, a survey of 121 orthopedic practices indicated that 30% had done nothing to start preparing for ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision).1 That’s scary. And even the practices that had begun to prepare had not completed a number of key tasks.

Certainly, the will-they-or-won’t-they possibility of another congressional delay had many practices sitting on their hands this year. But now that the October 1, 2015, implementation is set in stone, this lack of inertia has many practices woefully behind. If your practice is one of many that hasn’t mapped your common ICD-9 (International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision)
codes to ICD-10 codes, completed payer testing, or attended training, it’s time for a “full-court press.”

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