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Last updated October 5, 2010
ICD-10 Implementation Project Plan Template
All health care services and discharges provided on or after October 1, 2013 will be required to use ICD-10 codes. The following template can be used to guide
you in your project plan of implementing the ICD-10 code set. The sooner you begin the work, the more time you will have to address any issues that develop
and test the use of the ICD-10 codes. Also, be aware that you will be dependent on your vendor to install your system and/or software upgrades.
The implementation of ICD-10 is more than a technical project. There are business implications of implementing ICD-10 that will impact most areas of your
practice, including documentation and coding. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the agency in charge of enforcing compliance with ICD-
10, has identified claims processing interruptions as a high-risk possibility. Practices need to ensure they have implemented ICD-10 prior to the deadline to
This ICD-10 Implementation Project Plan Template will guide you through steps you will need to take and decisions you will need to make to implement ICD-10.
There are additional worksheets with further details and tracking ability. Work may be done on some steps at the same time. Some steps may also be done at
the same time as your implementation of the Version 5010 HIPAA electronic administrative transactions. Not all steps may apply to your practice.
The "estimated time to complete" will serve as guidance for the amount of time you need to complete the various activities involved in the implementation of
ICD-10. The amount of time will vary based on your practice size, resources, vendors, and trading partners. Your vendors and trading partners may not be
ready to install products or test the code set at the time you estimate. Extra time is built into the project plan to accommodate the timing of this work.
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