The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that they will conduct an ICD-10 testing week March 3 – 7. This “testing week” is intended to give providers an opportunity to test whether they can successfully submit an ICD-10 compliant claim and receive an acknowledgement from their CMS contractor that the claim was received.
Participation in “testing week” requires registration by your billing vendor. Practices should be receiving information from their MAC on the registration process by early February.
During the testing week, providers will have the opportunity to submit ICD – 10 coded claims with a Date of Service of October 1, 2014 or later. Providers submitting test claims will receive an electronic acknowledgement confirming that the submitted test claims were either accepted or rejected.
Although better than nothing, this is “front end” testing and will only determine whether the submitter has used proper syntax in submitting the claim. Industry trade groups have taken a leadership role in efforts to force CMS to commit to full end-to-end testing of ICD-10 with hospitals, billing companies and clearinghouses. Considering the complete disaster with the ACA HealthCare.gov website, it is incomprehensible that the Federal government would undertake another comprehensive system change with little or no testing.
ADVOCATE will continue to provide information on this topic and others impacting radiology as they arise.
Kirk Reinitz, CPA