Statement Regarding the Delay of the ICD-10 Compliance Date
On April 1, 2014, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 was signed into law. The bill includes a provision that effectively delays the implementation of ICD-10 diagnosis and inpatient procedure codes for at least one year.
We are committed to meeting the requirements of all mandates, including the implementation of the ICD-10 code set. We are currently assessing the impact of this change on activities like process changes and testing timelines and expect to have an updated implementation plan by the end of April. Our plans will continue to be updated as we receive more information about the ultimate ICD-10 implementation date.
We are able to accept the revised CMS-1500 claim form (incorporating changes that will accommodate ICD-10) that became effective on April 1, 2014. No ICD-10 codes should be submitted on claims, however until the mandated compliance date. Note that the new version of the form is not required, and we will be able to accept and process claims submitted using either version of the form.
We will continue to work to help ensure that our systems, supporting business processes, policies and procedures successfully meet the implementation standards and deadlines without interruption to day-to-day business practices. We will be capable of accepting and processing ICD-10 diagnosis and inpatient procedure codes on the mandated compliance date.