Volunteer for Final ICD-10 End-to-End Testing Week

Date of Publication (May 19, 2015)

Physicians have one last chance to find out whether their claims will be processed by Medicare following the October 1 implementation of the ICD-10 code set. Volunteer by May 22 for a special end-to-end testing week being conducted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) July 20-24.

CMS extended the volunteer deadline and will select about 850 submitters to participate in the July 20-24 testing week. Physicians who participated in the January or April end-to-end testing weeks may test again in July without re-applying.

Physicians will have a chance to test sample claims using ICD-10 codes with Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and the Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) contractor. The testing is available to those physicians who submit claims directly to Medicare (as opposed to using a clearinghouse). Physicians' clearinghouses may also apply to conduct the testing.

Iowa physicians who are interested in volunteering should visit WPS Medicare’s website to download an application form, which must be completed and submitted by May 22.

CMS has said that any issues identified during testing will be addressed prior to ICD-10 implementation. Educational materials will be developed based on the testing results.

Final acknowledgement testing week
Physicians can also conduct acknowledgement testing with Medicare. Acknowledgement testing is less robust than end-to-end testing and essentially simply acknowledges a claim has been received. Iowa physicians can do acknowledgement testing at any time with WPS Medicare/Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) any time up to the October 1 implementation date. Medicare, however, has placed special focus on specific weeks. The last such week will be June 1-5. Learn more in an MLN Matters® article

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