National 5010 Testing Day Results Spurs CMS to Step Up Efforts

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the results of its first National Version 5010 Testing Day, held June 15. No significant errors were detected, according to the agency, but participation was low, as was the confidence level of trading partners that they will be ready to implement the new electronic standard in time.

According to CMS, 349 Medicare fee-for-service providers participated in the national 5010 test run. Only 39 percent of the trading partners who responded to a follow-up survey conducted by CMS after the testing day said they were able to receive and process a 277CA while testing; and only 32 percent of the 68 trading partners who responded to the survey said they felt ready for the Jan. 1, 2012 implementation date of the new standard.

The next National Version 5010 Testing Day was set for Aug. 24, but CMS announced on July 12 that it would instead dedicate an entire week to the cause. National 5010 Testing Week is Aug. 22-26. During this time, trading partners (vendors, clearinghouses, and providers) should continue to test implementation efforts of the new standard.

For more information on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Version 5010 standard, please visit the CMS dedicated 5010 website.


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