The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) recently revised the CMS-1500 form in preparation for the new ICD-10 diagnosis codes. On the new form (version 2/12), providers will be able to include up to 12 possible codes (this is an increase from four possible codes on version 8/05) and note whether they’re using ICD-9 or ICD-10. As a reminder, in order to receive reimbursement, providers must continue to use ICD-9 codes through September 30, 2015, and switch to ICD-10 beginning October 1, 2015.
Medicare will begin accepting the new form on January 6, 2014, and will stop accepting the old form on March 31, 2014. Note: Medicare will only accept CMS-1500 claim forms from providers who are exempt from electronic submission. CMS recommends that providers who use service vendors check with those vendors to determine when they’ll switch to the new form.