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I have a confession: I’ve had a sour attitude about ICD-10 lately. I know I’m not the only one, but I’m usually the champion and cheerleader for the new coding set.

It seems like there’s a large amount of negativity surrounding the transition to ICD-10, and the loudest voices seem to be the ones questioning the real value of making the move. I’m sorry to say that this negativity has penetrated my usually optimistic bubble.

We’ve all heard what the benefits are in implementing a more sophisticated coding system. We’ve all been told that our current way of doing things is simply not sustainable, and yet there is still resistance to bringing our health information and data into the 21st century. However, there is a stream of positivity about ICD-10 that we can all tap into. It will help to invigorate us in the final stretch and inspire us to keep refining our policies and processes long after Oct. 1, 2014.


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