Beginning January 6, 2014, payers will start accepting the new 02/12 version of the standard CMS-1500 Health Insurance Claim Form. This change is designed to support the upcoming transition to International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) and better align the paper and electronic formats of the CMS-1500 claim form. The 02/12 version of the CMS-1500 claim form was developed by the National Uniform Claim Committee (NUCC) and approved by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Payers will accept the current claim form (version 08/05) or the new claim form (02/12) during a transition period from January 6 to March 31, 2014, thereby providing physicians and other providers an opportunity to exhaust their supplies of the 08/05 version. This should also allow for any updates to billing systems necessary to correctly populate the fields in the new claim form. Practices should ask their software vendors if...

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