Federal lawmakers recently approved a one-year delay for ICD-10, pushing mandatory adoption of the new coding classification system to at least Oct. 1, 2015. Providence Health Plan has made significant progress toward transitioning to ICD-10, and we're adjusting our plans to accommodate the new deadline. We'll share specific changes in future updates.
We still intend to conduct a “hard cutover” in claims processing based on dates of service. Claims filed on or after Oct. 1, 2015 must use ICD-10 codes, or they cannot be processed. It's important to note, however, that claims for services provided before that date must continue to use ICD-9 codes.
To learn more, read Providence Health Plan's FAQs or visit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ICD-10 website. CMS's new eHealth University offers several resources to help providers comply with the new coding system.