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New ICD10 Codes Specified in Medical Policies

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) is preparing for the health care industry’s conversion to the 10th version of the International Classification of Diseases code set (ICD-10).  In compliance with HHS regulations, the industry-wide conversion to ICD-10 will occur on October 1, 2014.  All HIPAA-covered entities are required to use ICD-10 codes on all transactions, claims, authorizations, referral requests, verification of benefits, and eligibility requests beginning on this date.

BCBSNC is taking the necessary steps to ensure that all of its systems and processes will accommodate ICD-10 by the federal compliance date. 

We have identified 20 medical policies that involve ICD-coding changes, and updated them from the current ICD-9 codes to reflect the new ICD-10 codes in the billing/coding sections of each respective medical policy that is affected. 

Please go to www.bcbsnc.com/content/services/medical-policy/updates for specific information relating to the ICD-10 codes and the medical policies that are affected.

For additional information about ICD-10 and helpful resources, please visit BCBSNC’s Countdown to ICD-10 Compliance website.