International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) is published by the World Health Organization (WHO). For our purposes, it primarily serves to provide uniform language that accurately describes diagnosis and procedure information for claims processing, research, and analysis.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the final rule that delays the ICD-10 compliance date from October 1, 2013 to October 1, 2014. If you haven’t already, start planning now!
BlueCross has established a program team to remediate all core business systems, surrounding systems, reporting capabilities, and trading partner interfaces to accommodate ICD-10 coding after the compliance date. The team has built a detailed work plan based on the implementation timeline.
BlueCross is continuing to engage with professional associations throughout the State to coordinate wherever possible. The intent is to begin external testing with the provider community late 2013.
Keep up to date with the latest information from the BlueCross project team by reviewing the FAQs.
Please visit Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services the ICD-10 website for the latest news and resources to help you prepare. CMS also provides implementation guides on their website for Small Hospitals, Large Practices, and Medium/Small Practices
The American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) has some information regarding training available on their website, as does the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). Additional training resources can be found be using a search engine to search for ICD-10 training programs.
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