After many delays, the U.S. finally implemented ICD-10-CM/PCS on October 1, 2015, bringing the U.S. into line with other industrialized nations, most of which have been using ICD-10 for many years. We outline the benefits and challenges to the preparatory activities of the ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation for the U.S. healthcare industry. To ease the transition, CMS allowed healthcare facilities to submit test claims prior to the implementation date, and delivered feedback on the acceptability of those claims. Early results indicated a relatively smooth transition, although some questions regarding the available data remain. Additional data, especially data concerning outcomes, is required.
Paul, David, P., III, D.D.S., Sacconi, Patricia, A., M.S., Glover, Pamela, A., M.S., Marriot, Robert, M.S. & Alberto Coustasse, Dr. PH. (2017), “ICD-10 implementation: Is the workforce ready?,” in Business & Health Administration Proceedings, Avinandan Mukherjee, Editor, pp. 88-97.