HHS Issues Final Rule – ICD-10 Deadline is Oct. 1, 2014

September 5, 2012

On Aug. 24, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule mandating compliance with the new, ICD-10 code set by Oct. 1, 2014.  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK)  is on track to begin trading partner testing in the second half of 2013 and will be prepared for conversion by the HHS mandate.

This change is intended to enable covered entities to more fully prepare for and test their systems, to ensure successful transition. We encourage all network providers to continue with preparations at an aggressive pace to allow for adequate testing in advance of the compliance date. BCBSOK offers resources to facilitate practice adoption of the new codes.

Providers interested in information about converting from ICD-9 to ICD-10 may access on this website information about our ICD-10 webinars, answers to frequently asked questions, links to external resources, tips for implementation and updates regarding BCBSOK progress. 

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