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EDITOR’S NOTE: Authors Wilson and Greene serve as the co-chairs of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) Property & Casualty Subworkgroup.

Even Captain Obvious knows that you need to “book reservations” early for external ICD-10 testing. A successful organizational transition to ICD-10 by the compliance date of Oct. 1, 2015 will require good planning. Preparation is crucial to allow your organization to leverage its ICD-10 investments to meet compliance requirements and achieve a strategic testing advantage.

It is highly likely that those stakeholders who do not engage in early external ICD-10 testing, including payers as well as other trading partners, will be faced with a last-minute rush of requests to test from multiple stakeholders.  These stakeholders not only will request testing, but they may also need additional help with implementation of upgraded solutions. Travelers booking late for a hotel or flight reservation may find that rooms or seats are sold out – or that they have very few options remaining. Similarly, stakeholders waiting until the last minute to engage in external ICD-10 testing with their partners may find their testing plans in significant jeopardy due to the high volume of testing that will be occurring.

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