Now that the New Year is here, we’re certainly counting down the months to the scheduled October 2015 implementation of ICD-10. Your ICD-10 implementation plan must include education and training. This is key to your success with the new code set. It takes education, learning and building of knowledge, training, and the practice of coding to have a complete plan. In addition to education and training within your plan, you must include system changes, testing, change management, and payor readiness. Systems preparedness is a major component to any good implementation plan. But the question is: How are you really doing? Is your planning going to result in success? Are you fearful of failure?

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