ICD10 Watch: All of healthcare will be using ICD-10-CM/PCS codes after Oct. 1, 2013. Sort of, according to Carl Natale.
There are non-covered entities that are not required to switch. Entities such as worker's compensation, disability and auto insurers that do reimburse healthcare providers.
If the non-covered entities don't want to switch to ICD-10 coding, they don't have to and can require healthcare providers to submit medical claims with ICD-9 codes. Which will create complications and headaches for providers.
According to a post by Dave Shaver: There are pros and cons on many fronts around shifting to ICD-10. From an integration standpoint, most codes are carried in HL7 as a CE data type. This means that HL7 is by-and-large “already prepared” for ICD-10.