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News: CMS releases ICD-10 Testing Dates

CDI Strategies, August 28, 2014

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CMS and its contractors will conduct three ICD-10-CM/PCS testing periods in November, March, and June, according to a recent MedLearn Matters (MM8858).

The statement reiterates that “all covered entities must be fully compliant on October 1, 2015” and calls these testing periods “acknowledgement testing” with trading partners. Initially, CMS intended these to “validate the trading partners’ ability to meet technical compliance and processing standards.” The tests will collect data about the various contractors ability to process ICD-10-CM/PCS claims and meet the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) 5010 standards.

Additionally, CMS notes that although “submitters may test ICD-10 claims at any time through implementation, the ICD-10 testing weeks have been created to generate awareness and interest, and to instill confidence in the provider community that CMS and the MACs are ready and prepared for the ICD-10 implementation.”

 



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