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ICD-10 Delay

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a final rule stating that October 1, 2015 will be the official compliance date for ICD-10 implementation.  Please click here to access their press release regarding the implementation date.

Now that the final rule has been issued, it is critical that providers continue preparing for ICD-10 in order to be ready for the transition.

ICD-10 Background

The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is the international standard diagnostic classification for general epidemiological, health management, and clinical use.  As part of HIPAA Administrative Simplification, the United States HHS mandated that all health care entities upgrade diagnosis (ICD-9-CM) and inpatient procedure codes (ICD-9-PCS) to ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS, respectively. The ICD-10 code set is a full replacement of the ICD-9 code set that will provide additional granularity for diagnosis and procedure codes.

All discharges and services provided on or after the compliance date (not yet communicated by CMS) must use ICD-10 codes. To view the final rule (PDF*)


MaineCare ICD-10 Project Information                                 

MaineCare is actively preparing its employees, processes and systems for the transition to ICD-10.  We will provide regular updates on the progress of our transition.  For more information, visit Frequently Asked Questions.

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Provider Informational Series

MaineCare recently completed analyzing the results of our ICD-10 Provider Readiness Survey. As a result of feedback from survey participants, MaineCare has developed an ICD-10 Informational Series for providers in order to share information and to direct you towards preparing for transitioning from ICD-9 to ICD-10.

The informational series will include the following parts or topics:

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Presentation Materials

Provider Advisory and Technical Advisory (PAG/TAG) Meeting Materials


Provider Type Specific Presentations


Regional Public Forums

MaineCare hosted regional forums for providers about ICD-10 during the week of March 10th. The purpose of the forums were to help Maine's provider community get ready for the ICD-10 transition and answer any questions. Each forum consisted of a presentation about ICD-10. Topics included explanation of ICD-10, how it will impact providers, what providers can do to prepare, and a Q&A session.

For answers to key questions asked during the Regional Public Forums, please see the Frequently Asked Questions page.

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Additional Information


Contact Us

Do you have questions about ICD-10? An ICD-10 e-mail box is available specifically for your ICD-10 related questions.

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