Providers, suppliers, billing companies and clearinghouses can submit ICD-10 acknowledgement test claims anytime up to the new planned October 1, 2015 ICD-10 implementation date. However, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is advising stakeholders to delay this front-end testing until after October 6, 2014, when Medicare is scheduled to update its systems.

A May 30 announcement from Niall Brennan, acting director of the CMS Offices of Enterprise Management, recommended that submitters contact their local Medicare Administrative Contractor for additional information about ICD-10 acknowledgment testing, which will allow providers, suppliers, billing companies and clearinghouses the opportunity to determine whether CMS will be able to accept their claims with ICD-10 codes.

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