ICD-10 Critical Pathway for Getting Started : 2012 and Beyond

February 17, 2012


The transition from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM/PCS comes with various unknowns such as quality of coded data, reimbursement rates, and interoperability. Published in January 2009, the HIPAA regulation that required this transition to occur must be implemented within a healthcare environment that has become exponentially integrated; one in which it is difficult to detach and define distinct components.

For those providers who have not yet begun on the transition path, they must start today and work through a highly-condensed project to meet the October, 2013 deadline. While little time remains for successful engagement and deployment of the necessary resources, it can be done.


HIMSS and AHIMA have partnered to develop a condensed critical pathway with steps needed to guide providers through the process and phases of the implementation. If work is undertaken immediately, components such as budget, system testing, assessments, and evaluation can be addressed so providers can focus on the vital imperatives for a successful go-live with ICD-10-CM/PCS.

The HIMSS-AHIMA condensed timeline provides the phases that must be addressed in order to make a successful transition and describes what the people, process, and technology impacts will be.

Project Assumptions

Defining assumptions for this initiative helps to clarify concepts behind the implementation plan and bring to consensus what may be considered true or untrue within a project. Key assumptions for an ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation are the following:

  • The phases highlighted within the condensed timeline must be run in parallel and closely coordinated. As of February 2012, there is no opportunity to tackle the phases sequentially.
  • Close cooperation must be achieved with vendors and health plans: this work must be completed in partnership.
  • The compliance date does not mean the effort is complete. There will still be much effort required to support testing of the people, process, and technology impacts, as well as the need for parallel coding.

ICD-10 Critical Pathway for Getting Started : 2012 and Beyond [matrix]

For more information on ICD-10 implementation, please visit HIMSS and AHIMA's websites.

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