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On January 16, 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final rule mandating that everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) must transition from ICD-9 code sets to ICD-10 code sets effective October 1, 2014. For more details, view the news release on the HHS website.
This information is only a general summary and is not intended to take the place of written law or regulation. You are encouraged to review the specific regulatory statutes as outlined in the Federal Register.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is committed to ensuring that our systems, business processes, policies and procedures meet the implementation standards and deadlines without interruption to the day-to-day operations.
Take Action and Prepare for ICD-10
Below are suggested action steps to help you move toward compliance with this federally mandated requirement.
Successful transition to ICD-10 requires providers to begin planning for this transition. The challenge and complexity of the transition will be enormous and should not be underestimated.
No time to delay!