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ICD-10 Delay No License to Chill

Edward Prewitt, for HealthLeaders Media, February 21, 2012

Being handed an extension on ICD-10 may feel liberating today.  But wise leaders will take a lesson from  the words of Michelle Mahan, Vice President and CFO, Frederick Memorial Regional Health System, Frederick, MD.

Some, she says ,"may not totally appreciate the enormity of [the] task, and that might be something that comes back to bite them."

Mahan served as a panelist in a roundtable discussion of costs incorporated into an Impact Analysis report titled ICD-10: Skating on Thin Margins. The roundtable met before the deadline extension was announced, but  Mahan's words resonate with meaning.  This is not the time to put ICD-10 plans on the shelf. 

Rather, it is time to re-assess your team's readiness, and as soon as possible, to modify your plans. Otherwise, with time and neglect , ICD-10 will again come to feel like a yoke.

See Also:
ICD-10: It's Later Than You Think


Edward Prewitt is the Editorial Director of HealthLeaders Media.
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