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Cover Story: Claims and Coding


ARE YOU READY? COUNTDOWN TO ICD-10:


You should be assertive, if not aggressive, in pursuing vendors for ICD-10 plans. By Katie Carolan


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he warning signs are blaring. The universe of articles, Webinars, conferences and consultants is expanding. Yes, ICD-10 is here to stay. And if the experience of


the international community is any indicator, healthcare providers should be bracing themselves for a monumental event, requiring herculean effort. To get started, CIOs should take a look at where


ICD-10 has been used for the past fi ve to 10 years and absorb the international lessons learned: 1. It will take longer than you think. 2. It will cost more than you budget. 3. You will miss some important areas to upgrade. Lastly and perhaps most importantly, providers should have started the process long ago.


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