Earlier this week President Obama signed into law H.R. 4302, the "Protecting Access to Medicare Act." The law amends the Social Security Act to extend Medicare payments to physicians and other provisions of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Included in the law is a provision that delays the implementation of ICD-9 to ICD-10 until at least Oct. 1, 2015.
BCBSTX had planned to begin ICD-10 testing with providers starting this month. As a result of this delay, BCBSTX will pause provider testing and other implementation activities until a new compliance date is announced. We have made significant progress over the last several years in readying our systems. BCBSTX is well positioned to complete the remaining scope of work once a new implementation date is announced, including end-to-end provider testing.
Please check our provider newsletter, Blue Review for updates on ICD-10.