In preparation for the transition to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) and to align the paper CMS-1500 claim form with the electronic claim format, payers began accepting a new version of the claim form on Jan. 6.

The current claim form (08/05 version) or the new claim form will be accepted during a transition period from Jan. 6 to March 31. The transition period will give physicians and other providers time to exhaust supplies of the 08/05 version of the claim form and to allow for any updates to billing systems that are necessary to populate the fields in the new claim form correctly. Practices should ask their software vendors if the billing system has been updated and if not, schedule an update as soon as possible.

Paper claims submitted on and after April 1 must be submitted on the version 02/12 1500...

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