Congress may have blindsided the healthcare industry by delaying the ICD-10 code sets for at least a year, but there is real opportunity now for providers to get more benefit from the code sets than they otherwise may have.

That’s the view of Ed Hock and Jim Lazarus, both managing directors of revenue cycle solutions at The Advisory Board Company, a consultancy. And the benefits can start this year if providers who had embarked on clinical documentation improvement programs keep it up rather than putting the effort on hold for a while. “Continuing to invest in CDI is a no-regret tactic for providers,” Lazarus says.

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