Latest ICD-10 Update

On April 1, 2014, the bill H.R. 4302, Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, was signed into law.  A component of the law states that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) cannot adopt the ICD–10 code set as the standard until at least October 1, 2015. Based on this change, MassHealth is evaluating the impact of the delay on MassHealth and will provide more information as soon as it becomes available. In the interim MassHealth will continue to test ICD-10 transactions with its trading partners. If you are interested in testing your ICD-10 transactions with MassHealth, please contact the MassHealth EDI testing team at 1-855-295-4047 (toll free) or (For previous updates listed under Provider Information, click here)

ICD-10 Standard

On January 16, 2009, HHS published a final rule on the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification/Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-CM/PCS), requiring all HIPAA-covered entities to adopt the ICD-10-CM/PCS (diagnosis/inpatient procedure codes) by October 1, 2013. Because of industry readiness concerns, the final rule was modified on September 5, 2012, to delay the adoption of the code set until October 1, 2014.

Subsequently, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (H.R. 4302) mandated that HHS cannot adopt the ICD-10 code set as the standard before October 1, 2015. HHS is expected to officially announce a new ICD-10 implementation date.

Effective for dates of service on or after the ICD-10 implementation date, claims submitted to MassHealth must include the ICD-10 diagnosis codes. In addition, claims for inpatient services with a date of discharge on or after the implementation date must be billed with the new ICD-10 diagnosis and inpatient procedure code set.

The following table displays the high-level differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10, and PCS codes.




Diagnosis (CM)13,000 codes68,000 codes
3-5 Digits (Numeric)3-7 Alphanumeric characters
Inpatient Procedure Coding System (PCS)3,000 codes72,081 codes
3-4 Digits (Numeric)7 Alphanumeric characters

Please Note: While the new ICD-10 codes will provide greater specificity through the expansion of the overall code set, providers will need to adopt only those codes that are relevant to their day-to-day operations.

The MassHealth ICD-10 web page will be used to communicate key information to providers related to the ICD-10 implementation. Providers should continue to monitor this page to view important MassHealth ICD-10 information as it becomes available.

Please refer to the links below for more information about ICD-10 implementation standards.

Billing Guides for Paper Claims Submitters

MassHealth has updated the following billing guides to support ICD-10 implementation.

Provider Manuals

MassHealth has made draft changes to select provider manuals to support ICD-10 implementation.


MassHealth has updated the following forms to align with ICD-10 implementation.

Job Aids

MassHealth has updated the following job aids to support the implementation of ICD-10.


MassHealth Provider bulletins issued to support the implementation of ICD-10.

Provider Information

MassHealth is committed to providing ICD-10 information and educational materials to the provider community to support the implementation of ICD-10.

ICD-10 Resources


This information is provided by MassHealth.

This information is provided by MassHealth.