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ICD-10 Transition

What is ICD-10?
This is the latest revision to the International Statistical Classification of Diseases (ICD) medical classification system. According to the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, ICD-9 as been in use for 30 years. The ICD classification system’s original purpose was diagnostic and procedural coding for statistics and research. Since 1983
ICD-9 has also been used for healthcare services reimbursement. The U.S. is currently the only industrialized nation not using ICD-10.

Who needs to transition to ICD-10?
All HIPAA covered entities are required to transition to ICD-10.

What is BCBSWY’s plan for this transition?
On April 1, 2014, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 was signed into law.
A provision of this legislation delays the adoption of ICD-10 code sets until October 1, 2015. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming has been working through our transition plan since early 2011 and will be ready to accept ICD-10 codes when the decision is made to implement them. We will communicate additional information about our transition plan directly to our participating providers at appropriate stages in the process.

At this time, providers should continue to conduct internal reviews to determine where and how the transition to ICD-10 will affect your practice and developing a plan to meet the new implementation date.

What you need to know about ICD-10 Transition »

What resources are available to help?

U. S. Department of Health and Human Services »
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services »
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention »
American Academy of Professional Coders »
American Medical Association »

If you have specific questions about ICD-10 transition, please feel free to contact our Provider Relations department by email at or by calling 888-666-5188.

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