The ICD-10 compliance date may be October 1, but it will take a little while for industry stakeholders to learn how rocky or smooth the transition will be.

Medicare generally pays clean claims within two weeks, as do many commercial insurers, although payment periods vary among commercials. Medicaid has 30 days to pay a clean claim, but any provider knows payment often is much slower. So, if there is to be a tsunami of rejected claims in October, it likely will take time to manifest.

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