Updated on: March 22, 2016

ICD-10: Ides of March: Foreboding Gloom or Just Another Day?

Original story posted on: March 14, 2014

Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare


Tomorrow, March 15th, is the "Ides of March," a phrase that became memorialized when the Bard, William Shakespeare, wrote "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar." In the play, as in ancient history, a soothsayer comes up to Caesar as he is walking (ultimately to his death in the senate) and warns the emperor, "Beware the Ides of March." And the rest is history, with the Ides of March synonymous for impending doom. Except the "Ides of March," according to scholars and historians of ancient Rome, was a festival. Whatever—the Ides of March was the means by which ancient Romans calculated days of the week, so it was just another day on the Roman calendar.


On the ICD-10 Count Down calendar, tomorrow is Day 200. It's also the Ides of March.

So: is this a day of foreboding gloom, with ICD-10 looming on the horizon with so much left to be done, especially by physician practices and small hospitals? Or, as other historians of antiquity believe, is it just another day in the progression to ICD-10 adoption?

Doom and gloom? Reason to celebrate? Or just one more day—and this day being Saturday, March 15, 2014, on the long slog to ICD-10 adoption that, in all reality, is approaching faster, as the tasks for preparation increase.

Let us know today before the Ides of March falls upon us.

Are you with Caesar, just another day of wine after work? Or are you foreshadowing doom with Shakespeare? Tell us below.

Chuck Buck

Chuck Buck is the publisher of ICD10monitor and is the executive producer and program host of Talk Ten Tuesdays.