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ICD-10 strategies: Use this time wisely

ICD-10 is the largest mandate in U.S. healthcare history, and it will require diligent, comprehensive actions to be fully prepared for the transition. This is the first post in a four-part series that explores successful strategies in key areas of ICD-10 readiness: general approach, governance, education and standardization of documentation. Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “…nothing in this world is certain except death and taxes.” Most of us in the healthcare industry agree it’s time to add ICD-10 to this list.  On October 1, 2015, the United States will join 25 other countries in using ICD-10, the version that has been the standard for coding diseases, findings, medical complaints, causes and conditions of illness and injury since 1995. When CMS announced last year that it would delay ICD-10 until 2015, the healthcare industry breathed a collective sigh of relief. Unfortunately, much […]