California’s Division of Workers Compensation (DWC) recently adopted changes to a medical billing regulation and to the DWC Medical Billing and Payment Guide to postpone the ICD-10 compliance date for one year, to Oct. 1, 2015.
The International Classification of Diseases – 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) and the International Classification of Diseases – 10th Revision, Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS) were adopted for workers comp in February 2014, with an implementation date of Oct. 1, 2014 to coincide with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) implementation date.
Subsequently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a final rule postponing use of the ICD-10 until Oct. 1, 2015, for HIPAA-covered entities.
For workers comp, the Administrative Director has amended the Medical Billing and Payment Guide to align the workers comp ICD-10 transition date with the Oct. 1, 2015 ICD-10 transition date applicable to HIPAA-covered entities and the broader health care sector.
All workers comp participants are encouraged to move forward expeditiously to prepare for the transition.
Author Kori Shafer-Stack, Editor, Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is an expert in post-injury response procedures and part of the Amaxx team helping companies reduce their workers compensation costs by 20% to 50%. www.reduceyourworkerscomp.com. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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