As of Oct. 1, 2015, you will be required to start reporting patient diagnoses as well as submitting claims using the ICD-10 code set. Physician practices, hospitals, Medicare, Medicaid, private payers, and clearinghouses will need to start using this new code set by this date as well.
Failure to do so will result in significant financial disruption because claims filed using ICD-9 after Oct. 1 will be denied as unprocessable due to invalid codes. CMS announced that for 12 months following the Oct. 1, 2015 implementation deadline, Medicare claims will not be denied if providers use the wrong ICD-10 code, as long as the code is in the right category.
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