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California, Other States Will Not Fully Transition to ICD-10 in October
California Healthline

Medi-Cal is one of four state Medicaid programs that will not fully transition to ICD-10 code sets by the Oct. 1 deadline to do so, Modern Healthcare reports.

Medi-Cal instead will use a technique to translate the new codes into the ICD-9 format (Conn, Modern Healthcare, 9/4).

Background
A recent California Medical Association survey found that 21% of California physician practices reported they are not prepared for the Oct. 1 transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets.  In addition, the survey showed that more than half of California physician practices said they are minimally prepared for the new coding sets (California Healthline, 6/15).

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