Change from ICD-9 to ICD-10 Codes
The ICD-10 code transition is set to be implemented on October 1, 2015. We will continue to work with providers on testing.
Once this change occurs, it will be mandated by federal law that ICD-10 codes must be used on all HIPAA transactions. This includes diagnosis codes on outpatient and inpatient claims with dates of service (or discharge) on or after the date of the transition. This change is happening as a result of Meaningful Use initiative that aims to improve the delivery of health care by using Health Information Technology and assist in the transition of information exchange via national Electronic Medical Records. Health care has changed greatly since ICD-9-CM was first published in 1979. ICD-10 coding – which has a similar format, structure, and code assignment as ICD-9 – uses 7th digit characters which allows for far greater specificity.