For many, the ICD-10 journey can be compared to running a marathon – and with less than one year until implementation in the United States, all providers should be well into their preparation plans and nearing the finish line.

In other words, providers should be in their final stages of implementation preparation by now and getting ready for “go-live preparation” in the spring of 2014. But what if providers aren’t at this point? 

The marathon is almost over, as the implementation deadline is drawing nearer, but there is still time to get on track. Providers should use all the resources that are available to them. The American Medical Association (AMA) has a preparation checklist for physician practices, and the American Healthcare Information Management Association (AHIMA) has a general planning and preparation checklist that can be used by all providers. If preparation is not underway now, facilities should waste no time and get started immediately.

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