CMS 1500: There's another deadline you need to be aware of

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale

Starting April 1, healthcare providers will have to use the CMS-1500 v02/12 paper claim.

It's redesigned to fit ICD-10 codes. In fact, it can handle 12 diagnosis codes.

You can download copies of the form but you need to print it out to exact standards — including the type and color of ink. That's because the form is built to be scannable using OCR technology.

Or you can buy it from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) bookstore

It's time to make sure you have plenty of forms or have all your software and printer settings correct.