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CMS Pleased with First I-10 End-to-End Testing – Plans More

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  • February 25, 2015
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CMS Pleased with First I-10 End-to-End Testing – Plans More

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reported a successful ICD-10 end-to-end testing last month, and maintain that the agency’s systems are ready to accept ICD-10 claims when the new code set is implemented Oct. 1, 2015.
From Jan. 26 through Feb. 3, 2015, 660 Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) health care providers, clearinghouses, and billing agencies participated in  ICD-10 end-to-end testing week with all Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) MAC Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) contractor. CMS said it was able to accommodate all volunteers and their 15,000 claims, which represented a broad cross-section of provider, claim, and submitter types.
Participants in the Jan. 26 to Feb. 3 testing were able to successfully submit ICD-10 claims and have them processed through its billing systems, CMS concluded. Some claims were rejected for errors unrelated to ICD-9 or ICD-10.
In addition to acknowledgement testing, which may be completed at any time, two more end-to-end testing weeks will be held before  Oct.1, 2015:

  • April 27 through May 1: Volunteers have been selected
  • July 20 through July 24: Volunteer forms will be available March 13 on the MAC and CEDI websites

Testers who participated in the January testing are automatically eligible to test again in April and July

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