Implementing ICD-10-CM and PCS in the Property and Casualty (P&C) and Workers Compensation (WC) industries is similar to that of healthcare insurers. Even though these payers are non-covered entities under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the plans were to implement with the rest of the United States with dates of service effective October 1, 2014, across all coverages. So now what do we do, since Congress has delayed the date until 2015? Does the date change affect our review processes and software applications? In our industry, nothing changes, because we anticipated delays and the fact that we will see bills submitted with both code sets. It is understood that not all claims will be submitted using the proper format by non-covered entities and those practices/providers who have typically billed in only P&C and WC, regardless of an implementation date that is set in stone.
The cost of medical care services is now up 6.5 percent from last September. The recently released Consumer Price Index, or CPI, did not exactly