Are You Ready for ICD-10?

Preparation is key.

The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and its related codes provide valuable information and tracking of health conditions and health trends. ICD codes are used by insurance companies to categorize conditions and determine appropriate reimbursement. The upcoming transition to ICD-10 is due to the need for greater detail of medical conditions being treated.

The transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 will go into effect on October 1, 2014. With this transition comes a new set of codes with greater detail.

Effective October 1, 2014, all claims submitted to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) must be coded in ICD-10.

According to the American Health Informational Management Association (AHIMA), ICD-10 offers the following benefits:

  • Better data to help improve performance
  • Create efficiencies and contain costs
  • Increased specificity offers payers and providers the potential for greater cost savings

Are You Ready to Test?

If you are a credentialed provider who is ready to test, please email your contact information to ICD10@nebraskablue.com.

Helpful ICD-10 Links 

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

American Health Informational Management Association (AHIMA)

American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)