With the clock ticking down to the October 1 ICD-10 deadline, the American Hospital Association has released a checklist of key steps that hospitals should take to ensure a successful transition.

The complexity and challenges of the transition are daunting with ICD-10’s more than 68,000 diagnostic codes versus just 14,000 such codes for ICD-9. However, AHA’s ICD-10 “homestretch” checklist for hospital leaders covers three critical areas: checking internal systems, verifying external partner readiness, and considering financial protections.

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