As previously communicated, the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services has confirmed in a final rule that October 1, 2015,
will be the compliance deadline for the implementation of ICD-10. The final
rule requires the continued use of ICD-9 through September 30, 2015.
Beginning in early 2015, Independence will resume the monthly What?s Up
Wednesday teleconferences, jointly hosted by the four Pennsylvania Blue Plans.
We will also resume external testing with previously selected providers and
keep you informed throughout 2015.
What is What?s Up Wednesday?
What?s Up Wednesday is a monthly teleconference hosted by
Pennsylvania?s Blue Plans to help prepare health care professionals for the
transition to ICD-10 on October 1, 2015. What?s Up Wednesday will
feature special guest speakers and ICD-10 experts from the health care industry
who will lead discussions to help us get ready for the upcoming compliance
date. All providers, clearinghouses, information trading partners, and
information networks are encouraged to participate.
Independence is in the process of reassessing and communicating our external
testing plan and schedule. As was the case last year, we will test with our
pre-established testing partners and share our successes and challenges with
our provider network.
Detailed information about upcoming calls and external testing schedules
will be communicated in future editions of Partners in Health
UpdateSM and within the ICD-10 section of our website.