ICD-10: It's Not a Question of 'If'; It's Only a Matter of 'When…'

May 7, 2012

The implementation of ICD-10 will have a considerable impact on all segments of the health care industry. ICD-9 codes will be replaced with ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes (used on all claims), as well as ICD-10-PCS procedure codes (used for inpatient facility claims only). The original effective date for this change was October 1, 2013; however, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a proposed revision, changing the ICD-10 implementation date to October 1, 2014.*

Will you be ready?

The number of codes will increase from approximately 11,000 ICD-9 procedure codes to 72,000 ICD-10 procedure codes and from 13,000 ICD-9 diagnosis codes to 69,000 ICD-10 diagnosis codes. This is not a code update; rather, it's a conversion to a completely new code set with a new structure and different terminology.

It's not too early to evaluate the potential ICD-10 transition costs your practice may incur in terms of dollars, training and time. You will need to work closely with your Electronic Medical Record (EMR), Electronic Health Record (EHR) or billing software vendors to accomplish the necessary changes. If you do not utilize electronic systems and still plan to use paper claims, you still need to plan how to prepare for the impact and enable your practice to accommodate the new code set.

We're here to help!

The journey to ICD-10 may seem challenging, but it doesn't need to be overwhelming. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) is developing materials to help you increase your awareness of this important initiative. We encourage you to take action now to prepare your practice for changes to come.

Attend a Webinar this Month

BCBSOK is hosting a series of informational webinars to review essential activities your practice may need to complete. We invite you to join us this month for an overview of some of the latest updates from key industry publications, with an emphasis on ICD-10 preparedness. View session dates and register now! 

For More Information

Watch the Standards and Requirements/ICD-10 page on our website for updates, including instructions on how to sign up to receive ICD-10 and other BCBSOK news via email. If you have questions or need assistance, contact our ICD-10 Support Team at

* To view the official news release, visit the HHS website .