Monday, March 30, 2015

Volunteer for ICD-10 End-to-End Testing

Dianne De La Mare

During the week of July 20–24, 2015, providers will have the opportunity to participate in ICD-10 end-to-end testing with Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and the Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) contractor. Approximately 850 volunteer submitters will be selected to participate in the July end-to-end testing.

This nationwide sample will yield meaningful results, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), since it intends to select volunteers representing a broad cross-section of provider, claim, and submitter types, including claims clearinghouses that submit claims for large numbers of providers. To volunteer, complete the relevant form available at the MAC website April 17, 2015.

CMS and CEDI will review the applicants and make selections by May 8, 2015. If selected to participate, providers must be able to submit future-dated claims and provide valid National Provider Identifiers (NPIs), Provider Transaction Numbers and beneficiary Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICNs) that will be used for test claims. 

Any issues identified during this testing will be addressed prior to ICD-10 implementation. Educational materials also will be developed for providers and submitters based on these testing results. To obtain more information go to the following MLN Matters links at MLN Matters® Article #MM8867, MLN Matters Special Edition Article #SE1435 or MLN Matters Special Edition Article #SE1409.

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