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Slow and Steady Wins the Race When Implementing ICD-10

As you’ve heard, the International Classification of Diseases 10th revision (ICD-10) will be delayed until October 1, 2015. So what do you do now?

Don’t just “hurry up and wait”
On BerryDunn’s website, our healthcare experts have written an accessible, practical article called “Implementing ICD-10: Don’t be an Ostrich, Be a Tortoise.” They discuss how to make the most of the delay, providing tips for keeping your ICD-10 planning on track. Despite the delay, there are some urgent items that need your attention.

Here’s a hint of what the article covers:

  • Don’t hide your head in the ostrich hole—Look at your whole IT picture
  • Cover your technical bases
  • Revisit your budget to plan for increased costs
  • The sky is falling! Keep attention on the task
  • Embrace the opportunities presented by the delay
  • For those well on their way: Slow and steady wins the race
  • Keep the momentum but slow down and be tactical

What we learned from the prior delay was that organizations that kept the momentum did better in the end than those that stopped. Stopping and restarting takes more resources than it saves. To read the ICD-10 article, click here. If you have any questions, contact Lisa Trundy or Dan Vogt.



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