The results of the HIMSS/WEDI ICD-10 National Pilot Program have been released, and the authors recommend that any entity touched by the approaching deadline for the new coding system should take testing very seriously.

"ICD-10-CM/PCS touches almost every aspect of the health care continuum," the authors concluded. "All affected entities should be implementing and testing at this point in time. Create a strategy if planning has not begun. Build a solid structure surrounding internal and external testing, engage trading partners early, identify technical and business needs, and engage the business in developing 'day in the life' scenarios."

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