The Department of Health and Human Services recently confirmed its intent to push back the Oct. 1, 2013, ICD-10 compliance deadline for certain health care entities. However, HHS has not yet specified a new deadline or defined which entities will be covered by the change, and many physician practices are wondering if they should delay their transition or continue on as planned.

Regardless of when the deadline is or who it impacts, we recommend continuing to move forward on your ICD-10 preparation. As the industry learned from recent 5010 transition challenges, it’s never too early to prepare. Here are seven ways to take advantage of any extra time the delay provides:  

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