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WHITE PAPER: ICD-10: The Right Way


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requires healthcare entities in the United States to migrate from ICD-9 to ICD-10 by October 1, 2014. This has been referred to as the biggest change in healthcare since the inception of Medicare.

Failure to properly address ICD-10 in a comprehensive, quality, and timely manner, could result in negative financial impacts, unpredictable clinical outcomes, unexpected operational strain, unwanted legal ramifications, and low patient satisfaction. Preparing for ICD-10 migration includes updates to software, staff training, changes to business operations and workflows, internal and external testing, changes to documentation, and much more. Consequently, a detailed and thorough project management methodology is paramount.

In a new white paper for the PMI Healthcare Community of Practice, WPC’s Nolan Rhem outlines six steps to a project management approach to ICD-10. To view the white paper, click here.