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ICD-10: Keep Abreast of What CMS Plans for Future ICD-10 Testing

Posted on 30. Mar, 2015 by in ICD-10

Here’s your chance to see how prepared you are for the new system. 

With the ICD-10 implementation date only months away, CMS is taking a four-pronged approach to ensuring that CMS and Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) practices are prepared. Read on to know what to expect, based on what Stacey Shagena with Medicare Contractor Management Group/CMS shared about Medicare’s testing plan during an MLN Connects call “Transitioning to ICD-10” on Nov. 5, 2014.

The four areas of focus for CMS are: 

  • CMS internal testing of its claims processing system (completed in October 2013)
  • Beta testing tools available from CMS
  • Acknowledgement testing
  • End-to-end testing.

What’s been accomplished: CMS completed its first Acknowledgement Testing Week with submitters in March 2014. Approximately 2,600 providers, suppliers, billing companies, and clearinghouses participated, submitting more than 127,000 claims with ICD-10 codes. The participating group included large and small physician practices or hospitals, ambulatory surgical...

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