WCB Chair Announces Board Adoption of ICD-10 Timetable to be Consistent with Medicare and Medicaid


As previously announced in Subject Number 046-485 and Subject Number 046-560, the Workers’ Compensation Board (Board) intends to adopt the use of ICD-10 on a timetable consistent with Medicare and Medicaid. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) postponed the October 1, 2014 effective date and recently released a statement advising that the implementation is now scheduled for October 1, 2015.

To promote consistency between medical systems and to avoid imposing significant costs to support multiple systems, the Board will require use of ICD-10 consistent with Medicare and Medicaid. In the event that the October 1, 2015 implementation date is postponed, the Board will follow suit and Board compliance will align adoption of ICD-10 to coincide with that of CMS.

The Board continues to be available to provide whatever support stakeholders may need and to respond to inquiries regarding the transition to ICD-10. Inquiries can be sent to the Board at [email protected]. In addition, the CMS website continues to be an excellent resource for ICD-10 information. The latest information, timelines and resources can be found on the CMS website at www.cms.gov/icd10.


Robert E. Beloten


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