As the October 1 compliance deadline for ICD-10 arrives, some organizations are ready and some are not. Either way, we'll find out soon just how smooth-or how rough-the transition will be.

Some organizations are in a good position and just need to wrap up loose ends. Some slowed or even stopped their ICD-10 work in spring 2014 when the earlier compliance date was delayed; many recently ramped up efforts, restarting coder training and implementing clinical documentation improvement programs to help physicians increase the specificity of their notes and codes.

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