ICD-10: What’s Up Wednesday and external testing with providers will resume in 2015

December 1, 2014


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.

External testing

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.

Learn more

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.