Healthcare entities that are on track with the original compliance date can use the extra time to:
Examples of risk mitigation strategies include:
Entities on schedule to meet the original compliance date should consider maintaining their current implementation preparation schedule and planning and use the additional time for expanded testing.
Those organizations that are well ahead of schedule could extend ICD-10 education and outreach activities to other healthcare entities in their communities that are struggling to meet the 2014 compliance date.
Collaborative efforts across the public and private sectors can help to ensure all industry segments are ready to transition to ICD-10 on October 1, 2014. As noted earlier, all industry segments will suffer if some sectors are not ready.