UnitedHealthcare, Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield and Human, and various other national commercial health insurers say they are ready for ICD-10’s October 1 implementation deadline
According to a survey by the American Academy of Family Physicians, most of the major health insurance carriers say they ready for the code change.
AAFP survey results said, “It is important that the nation’s largest private payers including UnitedHealthcare, Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield and Humana, are ready for the transition so payments to physicians are not delayed.” [@HealthITplus]
In February, AAFP sent a list of questions to insurers in order to check their level of preparedness for ICD-10. The payers association said that payers are working to ensure success with their larger clients first–such as hospital systems and large practice groups–before moving on to readiness with smaller physician practices.
Christopher Jagmin, Senior Medical Director, Aetna, states that both internal and external testing on various levels have already started on a large scale at his organization and would continue throughout 2014. Parallelly, a payer/provider collaboration ICD-10 testing program was being built by Humana for physicians scheduled for rollout this spring.
A BCBS Association spokesperson said he expected each of the 37 independent locally-operated BCBS plans to participate in the “downstream testing” process. Jerry Frank, M.D., UHC’s national medical director of physician engagement, said his company had performed extensive internal testing “to verify predictable processing outcomes” since March 2013 and would conclude testing in June.
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