Several months have passed since we got the news about the latest postponement of implementation of the ICD-10 code set. For a large part of the industry, after the shock wore off, the next emotion was relief. Many welcomed the delay, which eroded the fears and anxiety that had been building as the October 2014 deadline approached.

In some ways, the delay was viewed as a reprieve, allowing for another 12 months of preparation for the daunting challenge of implementing the code set change. It is understandable that teams poised for the transition would throttle back a bit in their preparations now. However, those who have turned off the engine altogether will likely regret that decision as the new deadline approaches.

For practices that merely shift gears and utilize this additional time to enhance their ICD-10 readiness, this delay is a gift-wrapped present. To make the most of the opportunity the delay affords, let’s look at a few ways you can use it to your advantage.

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