Transitioning to ICD-10 has been an ongoing challenge to providers due to resource demands and time and monetary restraints. Various providers have performed an initial assessment and until recently had been proceeding to do the following:

  • Determine what is needed to be compliant on Oct. 1, 2014; and
  • Determine how to ensure a smooth transition and financial neutrality following implementation.

Effective July 31, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) signed off on a new deadline for ICD-10: Oct. 1, 2015. Until the deadline was finalized, reactions from various stakeholders had varied, to include the following:

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