Rady tested ICD-10 using a full year's worth of ICD-9 coding data, Birnbaum said. Primary care physicians did the same, also mapping out a year's worth of clinical data on their own.
If you're aiming for the October 2013 ICD-10 implementation deadline, you're already too late, the panelists agreed. To be safe, organizations should be ready to go at least six months before that. These projects take time to "ramp up," said McEwan.
"If you're not ready by October 2013, that's an excuse for [payers] not to pay you," Birnbaum said.