The healthcare industry takes another one of those pivotal steps forward today, as ICD-10 coding becomes the lingua franca for communicating about the conditions of patients, and the care they’ve received.

Like many other pivotal events, much work has preceded the change. Most healthcare organizations discovered early on that the transition to ICD-10 was not just something for the coding department to worry about. It contains stresses and strains for nearly every facet of operations within healthcare organizations. Because of declining margins, and because ICD-10 affects how care is reimbursed, optimizing the use of ICD-10—and continually improving—will be crucial for providers.

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