New testing dates announced as Oct. 1, 2015 deadline for ICD-10 compliance approaches
All covered entities must be fully compliant with ICD-10 on Oct. 1, 2015. Read the 2014 ICD-10 Final Rule. CMS also announced three separate testing weeks: Nov. 17-21, 2014, March 2-6, 2015, and June 1-5, 2015. All Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) will announce the testing weeks through listserv messages and websites. The AAD will share links to sign-up instructions as they are released by MACs.
HHS sets Oct. 1, 2015 deadline for ICD-10 implementation
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a rule finalizing Oct. 1, 2015 as the new compliance date for healthcare providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10. The deadline was delayed to allow providers, insurance companies, and other stakeholders additional time to implement ICD-10, which restructures the diagnosis classification system with a significant increase in the number of codes, expanded code lengths, and narrative descriptions, allowing for greater granularity. Dermatology alone is moving from 9,000+ ICD-9 codes to more than 22,000 codes in ICD-10. For additional information about ICD-10, visit http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/index.html.
ICD-10 External Testing Opportunities
United Healthcare - ICD10Questions@uhc.com
Aetna – contact provider relations to check eligibility
BCBS - contact provider relations to check eligibility
Humana - ICD10inquiries@humana.com
Watch this page for new information on ICD-10
The Academy is actively compiling information on new claims testing opportunities for members. In addition, in the coming weeks, the Academy will revise content in this section to help members prepare for the new implementation deadline.